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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 is on

Thursday May 31st.  

I'm really delighted that Trevor Pinnock is coming to visit again.  He will be playing some of Bach's 48 preludes and fugues set against some earlier German harpsichord music.

Doors will open a little earlier than usual - at 6.45pm - as our artist in residence, Anna Alcock, will be showing some of her work.  Some pieces will be for sale and Anna intends to donate some of the proceeds to Music in the Village!

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 some articles I've written, including a concise note for composers writing new music for old instruments.

During the 20th century many myths and misunderstandings have arisen - high time to

dispel them.


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.  She will be showing some work at the next Music in the Village concert but plans to have a "Summer Viewing" at her studio on June 20th at 6.30pm.

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!

   PHOTO Mathias von der Tann

Recently I was very lucky to examine the performance material for the Messiah, gifted by Handel to the Foundling Hospital in his will.  Many thanks to the Foundling Museum for their kindness - if you haven't been, I really recommend a visit!