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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

If you are free this Tuesday - June 26th - boogie on down to Westminster Abbey.  St. James' Baroque are playing for James O'Donnell and the Abbey Choir in a performance of Haydn's Creation.  Be there or be square!


Trevor Pinnock gave an amazing performance for the last of this season't Music in the Village concerts; the largest audience we've had since the last time he came!  There is a break now until October 4th when the next season starts.

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 was Artist in Residence for the Music in the Village 2017-18 season.  She has been so inspired by it that Anna will be sketching for the first few concerts of next season too.

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!