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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

March 25th Palm Sunday

St. James' Baroque and Amici Voices are performing Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri at

St. Michael and All Angels at 8pm with an organ prelude played by Steven Devine and exuberant "Jubilate Domino" with its virtuosic bass viol and alto solos.            If you arrive in Walthamstow early, try Ricco's coffee shop 64 High St. (open until 8pm) - lovely coffee and a welcoming atmosphere!    Cafe Le Frasier on Palmerston Rd. will be open too.

PHOTO Paul Tucker

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



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.

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!

Remember it's

8pm   (no interval)

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.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet                           PHOTO Peter Searle