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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

    Thank you to the wonderful audience for our  

    100th concert and especially to Jim O'Toole,

     our mystery guest musician.


Next Music in The Village concert:  February 22nd. Joseph Moog is coming to play Debussy's L'Ilse Joyeuse and works by Haydn, Chopin and Liszt.

If you missed Joseph's virtuosic piano playing the first time he came, be sure to see him next month.

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.

Anna Alcock is Artist in Residence for the Music in the Village 2017-18 season


St. James' Baroque are coming to Walthamstow, with Amici Voices!

8pm on Palm Sunday, March 25th 

at St. Michael and All Angels,

Northcote Rd E17 6PQ

Buxtehude's ravishing and contemplative Jesu Membra Nostri and the beautiful Jubilate Domino 

with Helen Charlston, alto and Mark Caudle, viol.

Joseph Moog