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 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 his website www.halsteadmusic.co.uk
Honoured with lifetime membership of the British Horn Society, Tony continues to devote a lot of time to teaching the horn and training chamber ensembles.
The Tony Halstead Horn Ensemble is one of those chamber ensembles, and as the name suggest focuses on the horn with the help of invited guest players.
Formed in January 2011 the ensemble is currently recording for YouTube release in December 2011 with newly commissioned repertoire following shortly thereafter. The group, based around an octet, comprises professional and amateur players committed to musical excellence and enjoyment of the art of horn playing.
The inaugural concert is on Sunday May 13th at West Road Concert Hall Cambridge, starting at 7pm.