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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, January 11th 2018, will be our 100th concert.  It seems amazing we've had so many.  They just keep adding up!


Gail Hennessy has put a team together for a really lovely programme of baroque music and we will have a first performance, just as we did in the very first concert 15 years ago.

PHOTO Paul Tucker

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


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!



My edition of the Capuzzi double bass concerto edition is available for free use on IMSLP.  

You can find the preface on this website on the Lectures page .  


A concise note for composers writing new music

for old instruments is now also on my lectures

page; during the 20th century many myths and misunderstandings have arisen - high time to

dispel them.


London Viols                                                               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 Marian Consort started the series off in great style on 5th October with their programme 'Miserere Mei', passionate lamentations from Portugal and England.


Music in the Village has an Artist in Residence for the 2017-18 season, Walthamstow based Anna Alcock from Inky Cuttlefish Studios, sketching in the gallery at each concert!

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Gail Hennessy                              

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