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 period instruments.

For St James' Baroque  I play violone and violone grosso, and sometimes large bass violin.

Here are London Viols, returning from playing in Mallorca, in 2018


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!

Music in the Village 2020-21 season commences

October 14th 

Trio Björk - classical string trio

November 25th

Lucy Russell violin & Sesi Seskir fortepiano

Beethoven violin sonatas

My piece Stronghold was written for Malachy Robinson, a fine double bassist.  He gave a 'global premiere' for the Irish Chamber Orchestra facebook page during the lockdown.

See a video of Malachy playing - 4.04 minutes

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet gave a sensational and deeply moving performance for the last Music in the Village concert March 18th.  

Our Son et Lumiére on June 19th is postponed to

Sunday August 2nd at Sunset  8.50pm.

It will only take place if the government give clearance to public events.

Malachy_Robinson-still London-Viols-on-tour4w