'Elegant eloquence'
Laurence Rogers, Principal Horn of the Hallé Orchestra on Anthony’s programme note for Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1

'Anthony Bateman’s fine programme note ...'
Bachtrack 10 Nov 2013

'Anthony Bateman’s programme note to the Shostakovich 4 is excellent and has me salivating about this evening’s concert already'
@liverpoolphil 7 February 2013

'In his very useful notes Anthony Bateman tells us ...'
MusicWeb International (review of Elder/Halle Shostakovich Symphony No. 7)

‘There are excellent notes too, by Anthony Bateman …’
The Penguin Guide to the 1000 Best Classical Recordings

‘Tony provides an excellent service. Always engaging, he finds an appropriate voice whether writing sales copy, a programme note on West End musicals or on a Dvoƙák symphony. Great work, and always ahead of deadline.’
Peter Naish, Design and Print Manager, Hallé

‘Anthony Bateman is an excellent writer of programme notes, managing to find that sweet spot that balances informative with entertaining, context with commentary. He has written many notes for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra over the last five years, with a particular emphasis on Russian music, but also ranging far and wide around the whole orchestral repertoire.’
Ian Stephens, RLPO Programme Editor

‘Tony's brochure copy and programme notes are always a joyful combination of informative enthusiasm and eloquence. He not only has the ability to draw the listener's attention to what is really necessary, but always provides his texts on time.....the perfect wordsmith for any artistic organisation.’
Sue Voysey, Concerts Administrator Manchester Chamber Concert Society

‘Anthony Bateman is a wonderful writer to work with. He is always eager to take on commissions, especially notes on large or complete works, and he delivers them on time and to specification. Tony’s notes are informative and engaging and manage to be interesting and comprehensible to both the regular concert-goer and those with little musical knowledge.’
Jackie Drewett, (Freelance) Programme Editor, Royal Scottish National Orchestra

‘Interesting liner notes … The second movement is a spectral, awkward waltz: in the memorable phrase of annotator Anthony Bateman
“Evening has brought its ghosts.”’
Music Web International

‘Anthony Bateman’s excellent programme notes described Schumann’s ambition to rescue the piano concerto from being “a shallow virtuoso showpiece with the orchestra relegated to the status of near-passive bystander.”’
bachtrack 28 January 2013

Education notes

‘One of Tony’s main strengths is that he excels in writing child-friendly notes in language that children will understand but which also have academic integrity. Teachers frequently comment on how interesting the programme notes are and how pupils are engaged by the content, enhancing the concert-going experience and making it truly worthwhile and special.’
Jacqui Dawber, Hallé Education Manager