Antony was born in Dublin and educated in Dublin and England, completing his education with an Honours degree in History and Political Science.at Trinity College Dublin.
After a few years working in industry in Birmingham, he began his career in the music industry in England. After a short period at concert agents Ibbs and Tillett, he worked as deputy Entertainments Director in Greenwich, South London. In 1979 he was appointed Arts Director of the Barbican Centre in London and worked in that role for 15 years until 1994. During that time he was responsible for the programming of the music programme and the relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra. He also led the planning of major international Festivals in London focussing on the arts of Hungary, Israel, France and the Scandinavian countries. The latter Festival, Tender is the North(1992), was the largest festival of its kind in London in modern times.
In 1994 Antony was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society responsible for the RLPO and Philharmonic Hall. After three years freelancing in major projects for the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, Association of British Concert Promoters and St Martin in the Fields church music programme, Antony was appointed Managing Director of the London Mozart Players in 2004. As well as planning a wide ranging orchestra and chamber music programmes, Antony was involved in a number of major commissions and recordings. Commissions included large scale choral works by Sally Beamish, Tarik O`Regan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Antony has worked closely with a large number of outstanding conductors and soloists and has taken a particular interest in the development of young artists.