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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

Next Music in The Village concert:  March 22nd

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet will play Schubert's lovely 'Rosamunde' Quartet and Shostakovitch's powerful and dramatic 14th Quartet - originally premiered in the UK by the Fitzwilliam Quartet!


Joseph Moog's virtuosic piano playing in our February concert was amazing to behold; just as the last time he played, the audience were barely able to believe what they had seen and heard.

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!

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.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet                           PHOTO Peter Searle