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Peter McCarthy was 17 when he realised becoming a musician normally required learning an instrument.  Lack of competition made the double bass an attractive choice.  Studies at Leeds University and bass lessons in Huddersfield with Peter Leah led to an abiding passion for the history of the his instrument.  Now the bass player for the English Concert and St. James’s Baroque (which he also manages), he also occasionally assembles Gli Amici della Rana for his own projects.  In his spare time he begs, cajoles and browbeats colleagues into playing for the concert series, Music in the Village, which Peter started after moving to Walthamstow.