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Tony Halstead's work as a Conductor and Director in the period-instrument movement increasingly takes him to those ‘modern’ orchestras whose players, using conventional instruments, wish to develop a stylistic awareness of authentic practice in the baroque, classical and romantic eras. He has had a long association with The Hanover Band and has conducted several leading 'H.I.P.P.' orchestras in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

In the United Kingdom, Tony has conducted The Hanover Band,  London Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra of Opera North, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Haydn Festival Orchestra, Highland Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra,  and the Festival Chamber Orchestra, Canterbury.

Additionally, he enjoys working with semi-professional and amateur orchestras and in this field has conducted many UK amateur orchestras as well as some well-known New Zealand and Australian community orchestras.

Outside of his work in the UK he makes return visits to many European orchestras, as well as making guest appearances worldwide for concerts or recordings.   Very recently he conducted the World Premieres of Roxanna Panufnik’s ‘Letters from Burma’ for solo oboe and string orchestra,  Timothy Jackson's 'Spiegelstück' for 4 horns and orchestra, and  Richard Bissill's 'The Magnificent Seventh'.

 Anthony has conducted or directed over 50 CD recordings. These include 8 of Boccherini's cello concertos with Tim Hugh and the SCO;  various symphonies of JM Kraus with the OAE;  violin, flute and oboe concertos by JH Roman with the OAE; Bach's Six Brandenburg Concertos, several concertos by Vivaldi, and the complete orchestral works of Johann Christian Bach, all with The Hanover Band, and JH Roman’s ‘Drottningholm Music’ with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra.

His CD recording of several baroque and classical trumpet concertos, which include the well-known Haydn concerto, with the legendary Crispian Steele-Perkins and the ECO, was recently featured on BBC Radio 3's 'Record Review'.  Their recording of the Haydn was selected as the 'Library Choice' out of a detailed survey of dozens of recorded performances.