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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

Harpsichordist Steven Devine gave a premiére of a piece I wrote for him, Flats, in a recital for Balckdowns Early Music in August.  I was humbled to be listed with Buxtehude, Böhm and Bach.


Music in the Village will have an Artist in Residence for the 2017-18 season, Walthamstow based Anna Alcock from Inky Cuttlefish Studios.


The next Music in The Village concert is on Thursday October 5th, by the Marian Consort.  Here is a photo of this marvellous group of singers.

PHOTO Paul Tucker

In 2002 I started a concert series in Walthamstow, London E17 - Music in the Village.


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!



I posted my Capuzzi concerto edition 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

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

London Viols: here we are rehearsing at St. Michael and All Angels, Walthamstow.  


They will be singing a programme of Portuguese and English polyphony, featuring heart-felt lamentations by Thomas Tallis and Manuel Cardoso.  It's going to be a wonderful concert.