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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 an awareness of authentic performance style in the baroque, classical and romantic eras. Tony has had a long association with The Hanover Band and has conducted several leading European 'H.I.P.P.' orchestras: in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

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

Additionally, he has enjoyed working with several high-quality UK amateur orchestras and in this field has conducted many that include: the Wolsey Orchestra, Ipswich; the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra and the Cambridge Sinfonia.  Outside the UK he has conducted several excellent semi-professional 'community' orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. 

Further commitments outside the UK include return visits to many European orchestras, as well as making guest appearances worldwide for concerts or recordings.   

 Tony recently 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.

Very recently Anthony conducted the Primavera Chamber Orchestra in a CD recording of six orchestral works by the composer/clarinetist Helen Habershon.