Anthony read Music at Bristol University, where he was University Organ Scholar, and conductor of the University Chamber Choir and Orchestra. Subsequent studies as a répétiteur at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama resulted in him winning the Ricordi Prize for conducting, followed by a year at the National Opera Studio in London. Since then he has worked for English Touring Opera, New Youth Opera, and various other opera companies. He has also been a regular coach at music summer schools, including the Royal School of Church Music and the Finchley Children’s Music Group. He has performed throughout the UK and Europe, both as a pianist and organist.
He attended the Academia at the Rossini Opera Festival 1999 in Pesaro, Italy, and in 2000 he spent four months working as a resident coach for the young singers’ programme in association with the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg. In August 2000 he was trainee répétiteur at English National Opera, and later became a member of the full-time music staff.
Anthony became Chorus Master of Opera North in August 2003 a post which he held until December 2006 when he moved over onto the music staff as répétiteur. Anthony has conducted The Adventures of Pinocchio commissioned from Jonathan Dove in 2009, Ruddigore and Don Giovanni and has been assistant conductor on The Thieving Magpie, Elisir D’Amore and coming up Death In Venice. He has conducted the Chorus at Opera North in many concerts.
In 2012 Anthony became Deputy Head Of Music for Opera North.
In 2014 conducted their production revival of The Bartered Bride. and in 2016 Cosi Fan Tutte at the Lowry Salford
Tony has been Music Director of The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra since 2006.