Anthony 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 also has a special empathy with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra.
Outside his work in the UK he makes regular return visits to Scandinavia, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand as well as making guest appearances worldwide for concerts or recordings.
On CD, Anthony Halstead has conducted or directed over 50 recordings. Several of these can be purchased directly from this website.
These CDs include the Beethoven and the Dvorak Violin Concerti with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the symphonies of JM Kraus and concertos by JH Roman for Musica Sveciae, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and concertos by Vivaldi, with The Hanover Band, for EMI (re-released in June 2004 on ‘Classics for Pleasure’), plus the complete Drottningholm Music by JH Roman and all Boccherini's Cello Concertos, with Tim Hugh as soloist, for Naxos.
On his most recent visit to Sweden, he was presented with a ‘gold disc’ by Naxos to commemorate the sale of over 40,000 CDs of the ‘Drottningholm Music’ in Sweden alone.
Anthony completed a 7-year project with The Hanover Band, recording, on 22 CDs, all the orchestral music of JC Bach for the German company cpo, during the course of which he played solo harpsichord or fortepiano in the 27 keyboard concertos, whilst directing the orchestra from the keyboard.
Concerts in 2009 will include a return visit to the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Sweden, and a début with the recently formed Cambridge Chamber Consort.