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Peter McCarthy - violone player

Welcome to my website!  

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

Well - I had a piece premiered by Emily White at the Tin Hut, Aberdeenshire, Saturday last!  Emily is an inspirational player; I wrote her a soliloquy for trombone and drone [on A] called O'r Galon.  I wish I had been there but Emily tells me the "reaction was huge".  How exciting.


Music in the Village will move from St. Mary's after February 2019 due to building work.Concerts in  March and May will take place at                                       St. Michael & All Angels, Northcote Road  E17 6PQ Those concerts will be on WEDNESDAY night, not Thursday.

First concert next season - St. Mary's on October 4th

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 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 was Artist in Residence for the Music in the Village 2017-18 season and 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!

What's this?  it's a medieval fiddle!  No originals survive but you can see them depicted in illuminated bibles and ancient church statuary.  Jerome of Moravia (died after 1271) tells us the tuning.