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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 old instruments.


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.

The Swedish nyckelharpa is my latest passion!  If it didn't already exist, we would have to invent it.

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!

Following Tom Foster's appearance in Music in the Village, there are 3 more concerts:

Wedensday February 26th 

Gail Hennessy, baroque oboe, and friends

Wednesday March 18th

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Wednesday April 22nd 

Palisander (virtuosic recorder quartet)

Happy New Year!   Next up, for Music in the Village

Wednesday January 22nd - Tom Foster treats us to his Carnegie Hall NY recital programme before travelling to New York.

London Viols are playing at St. Botolph Church in Culpho,  Suffolk IP6 9DH at 7.30pm, Saturday January 25th with Gillian Keith and Tom Randle.

You can see that programme in Walthamstow too!

4pm Sunday 26th St. Barnabas Church, 

St Barnabas Rd. London E17 8JZ