Richard Stoker was born in Castleford, Yorkshire on 8 November 1938. He composed music from an early age, studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Lennox Berkeley, and in Paris as a Mendelssohn Scholar with Nadia Boulanger. He taught composition at the Royal Academy of Music from 1962 to 1987. His music has been broadcast regularly and performed worldwide. He was introduced to film music writing by the Director of Music of Elstree Studios, Stanley Black and later worked with Philip Martell, Music Director of Hammer Films and Adviser to MCA Films.