Anthony Halstead was born in Manchester, attending Chetham’s School and the Royal Manchester College of Music where he studied piano, horn, organ and composition. Subsequently, he studied the harpsichord with George Malcolm and conducting with Sir Charles Mackerras and Michael Rose. He now has a varied career as a director, harpsichordist and as a horn soloist of international repute.
Anthony Halstead made his professional conducting debut in 1976 with the world première of the music-theatre work One and the Same by Elisabeth Lutyens. However, following the development of his interest in authentic performance he has worked regularly with several period instrument orchestras, including The Acadamy of Ancient Music and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Notable concerts with The Hanover Band over the past few years have included an all J S Bach programme at the BBC Proms, an appearance at the prestigious Berlin Bach Täge and tours of The Netherlands. An ongoing project, the complete orchestral works of J C Bach with Anthony Halstead on Classic Produktion Osnabrück, is due for completion in 2000.