Anthony Bateman studied viola and piano at the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently joined the Orchestra of Scottish Opera as its sub-principal viola. After six years in the post he became a member of Manchester’s Hallé in which he played for fifteen years, working with numerous eminent conductors and soloists.

Throughout his playing career and beyond, he has written for a range of publications, including The Guardian, The Independent, Classical Music, The Strad and The Singapore Arts Magazine. He also received a First Class Honours degree in arts from the Open University, as well as a Master of Arts with distinction and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Salford. His doctoral dissertation was published in 2009 and was subsequently shortlisted for the prestigious Lord Aberdare Literary Prize.

Since 2006 he has regularly written programme notes and publicity material for the Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society. He writes notes on a wide range of musical styles and genres, from mainstream classical repertoire to contemporary music, jazz and pop. In addition, for some dozen years he has had sole responsibility for providing both pupil and teacher notes for the Hallé’s acclaimed education programme.  

Wearing his other cap, with Jeffrey Hill he is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Cricket (2011), a book described by Peter Oborne in The Daily Telegraph as ‘a joyful and profound contribution to cricketing literature.’