career - the official cv


SIR RICHARD  STILGOE      Curriculum Vitae

Songwriter, broadcaster , builder, grandfather, and digger driver.

Voluntary Sector

1999 -  2012         Trustee, Youth Music (Chair 2007 - 2012)
1998 -  present         Founder & trustee, The Orpheus Centre ( a performing  arts centre for young disabled people)
1998 – 1999              High Sheriff of Surrey
1995 -  2011        Trustee, The Lord's Taverners (President 2001 –2002)
1987 – 1998              Trustee & President, The Surrey Care Trust
1985 -  present         Founder & Chair, The Alchemy Foundation, a grant-
making trust.
1999 – 2009             Trustee, Surrey County Cricket Youth Trust  
1991 – 2003              Trustee, National Youth Music Theatre
Regularly                  Speaker at music education conferences.


2000 – 2004              Deviser & presenter, The Stilgoe Family Concerts
(Royal Festival Hall)
1988 – 2009              Presenter, The Schools Prom (Royal Albert Hall)

Countless performances at all major halls as presenter, narrator and performer.


(With Andrew Lloyd Webber) lyricist for:

1982                           Cats                         
1984                           Starlight Express                         
1986                           Phantom of the Opera  
All three - London, Broadway & Worldwide                            

Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Starlight Express are the 2nd, 3rd & 4th longest running shows in London theatre history, and have received many awards. 

As composer, lyricist and bookwriter

1987                         Bodywork  (for the National Youth Music Theatre)
1991                         Brilliant the Dinosaur (youth theatres all over Britain)
2005                          Exit Allan (Cardiff International Festival)
2009                           Orpheus – The Mythical

As lyricist
2013            The Magistrate, National Theatre
2015            The Freedom Game

As librettist
2013            Road Rage, Garsington Opera

As performer

1967 – 2000              One-man show throughout Britain and Australia
1984 – 2016              Two-man show with Peter Skellern throughout Britain, Australia & worldwide.Cabarets for H. M. The Queen at Windsor Castle in 1981,2006 and 2016.


Numerous appearances on all channels, particularly Countdown (220
times), And Now the Good News, Richard Stilgoe, A Kick Up the
Eighties, That's Life, Nationwide and Parkinson.
Royal Variety Performance 1982, 2001.


Today, The World at One.
Several series of Maestro (music quiz).  Stilgoe’s Around
Music documentaries (UsedNotes, Who Pays the Piper, Hamburger Weekend)which have
won the New York Gold Award, three Monte Carlo  prizes and the 1991 Prix Italia.


1992                         F.R.S.A.

1996                           Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey

1998                           OBE High Sheriff of Surrey

1999                           Hon. D. Litt. (Greenwich)
2003                           Hon. A.R.A.M.

2005                           Hon. D. Litt. (Southampton)                                

2008                           Fellowship   (Liverpool John Moore’s University)

2012                            Hon R.C.M, Knight Bachelor.

2014                            Hon. Doctorate (University of Surrey)


Educated at Liverpool College (scholar), Monkton Combe School and Clare College, Cambridge (Choral Exhibitioner).


Music, theatre, architecture, building, sailing, cricket (President of Surrey in 2005) and family.


Oddjob(BBC 1977)
The Richard Stilgoe Letters (George Allen and Unwin, 1981)
Brilliant the Dinosaur(Pavilion 1994)


Live Performance (EMI 1970 and 1977)
Facade (with Eleanor Bron) (Hyperion CDA 67239)  2006.  
Richard Stilgoe doesn’t live in Australia (discontinued)
Several recordings with Peter Skellern
Jorrocks (EMI CSD 3591)