violone_logo PMcM_graphic

Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

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.

The Swedish nyckelharpa is my latest passion!  If it didn't already exist, we would have to invent it.

For twenty four years, I was the bass player for the English Concert.  In 2003 I volunteered myself to manage St. James' Baroque and ended up running it ever since.  Be careful what you volunteer for!


I recently made an edition of Carissimi's Jepthte from the score Marc-Antoine Charpentier copied out, presumably when he was studying with Carissimi around 1677.  Most editions are an amalgam of available sources but Charpentier's score seems worthy of performance in its own right.  

Bigger job that I had in mind when I started it!


St. James' Baroque are joining the Cardinal Vaughan school choir and their director, Scott Price at St. John's Smith, Square on October 8th - Vivaldi's Gloria and Bach Magnificat on the menu.

Don't miss Clare Norburn's group The Telling at Music in the Village, October 2nd.


This is the keyboard of my Collard & Collard square piano - made shortly after 1827 when loop stringing was patented, and after the death of Clementi.