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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

Joglaresa gave an absolutely sensational concert last week for MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE!                                 Next concert is on January 17th.

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.

Anna Alcock has been Artist in Residence for Music in the Village 2017-18 season and continues sketching for the 2018 concerts.

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!

My great-aunt, Elizabeth Curtis, founded the Hull Junior Philharmonic in 1952.  I just found a link to

a picture of her, which I think still hangs in Hull Town Hall.

Aunt Elizabeth loaned me a violin when I was little.  I was absolutely terrible.

St. James' Baroque are performing with Schola Cantorum at St. John's Smith Square December 1st coming - Handel's Messiah; Scott Price conducts.


Concerts in March and May  2019 will take place at St. Michael & All Angels,  Northcote Road  E17 6PQ.

Those concerts will be on Wednesday nights.