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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

I play a variety of different bass (and double bass) string instruments.  

The next MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE concert is on Thursday November 15th -  Joglaresa are coming!


Concerts March and May  2019 will take place at St. Michael & All Angels,  Northcote Road  E17 6PQ.

Those concerts will be on Wednesday nights.

PHOTO Paul Tucker

In 2002 I started a concert series in Walthamstow, London E17 - Music in the Village.



On my 'LECTURES' page you can find a concise note for composers who are writing new music for old instruments.


PHOTO Paul Tucker

For St James' Baroque  I play violone and violone grosso, and sometimes large bass violin.

Here are London Viols, a group I decided to start in 2016, rehearsing at St. Michael and All Angels in Walthamstow, London E17.

Anna Alcock was Artist in Residence for the Music in the Village 2017-18 season and will be sketching for the first few concerts of next season too.

For twenty four years, I was the bass player for the English Concert.  In 2003 I volunteered myself to manage the ensemble too and ended up running it for twelve years.  Be careful what you volunteer for!

What's this?  it's a Nyckelharpa!  It's the national instrument of Sweden, 4 bowed strings tuned a bit like a viola & 12 'sympathetic' strings.  They usually have more keys than this but I cut them down a bit.


My great-aunt, Elizabeth Curtis, founded the Hull Junior Philharmonic in 1952.  I just found a link to

a picture of her, which I think still hangs in Hull Town Hall.

Aunt Elizabeth loaned me a violin when I was little.  I was absolutely terrible.