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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!

The next Music in the Village concert?

Wednesday November 13th at 7.30pm.

Wonderful virtuoso guitarist Xuefei Yang

returns to play

Debussy, de Falla, Rodrigo, Albeniz, Granados,

Paco de Lucia, Paco Pena and music from China,

her homeland.


My guitar-shaped processional double bass (violone grosso) got badly smashed up earlier this year - a large crack in the front and the neck broken.  Sigh.

It came home 2 weeks ago.  I used it for the first time on October 8th, at St. John's Smith Square.

Malcolm Healey has done a beautiful job; you can hardly see the splice where the new neck joins the old head & it sounds even better than before!


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.