Richard Stoker, born 8th November 1938.
ACTOR in films, theatre and TV
COMPOSER & CONDUCTOR, in all mediums, including performer on keyboards, both classical and jazz
WRITER of lyrics, plays, novels and libretti
Richard Stoker will be 75 on November 8th 2013, exactly two weeks before his mentor and friend, Benjamin Britten's 100th anniversary of birth on Friday 22nd November 2013.
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 RAM from 1962 to 1987.
His music has been broadcast regularly and performed worldwide. His three-act opera, Johnson Preserv'd, received its world premiere in London in 1967. In the early 1970s he visited New York for the American premiere of his Third String Quartet.
He was introduced to film music writing by the Director of Music of Elstree Studios, Stanley Black; he later worked with Philip Martell, Music Director of Hammer Films and Adviser to MCA Films.
His stage and TV credits include Troilus and Cressida (Old Vic), Lysistrata, and Galileo (Goldsmiths), Rape of the Belt (RAM), Romeo and Juliet (West End), My Friend - My Enemy (The Place), Zampogna (Tyne Tees), and The Garden Party (Coliseum - danced by Dame Margot Fonteyn, choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton and Peter Darrell, with designs by Andy Warhol).
His film credits include The End of the Line (BFS), Titanic (Pathe News), Advance Democracy (ACS Productions), Portrait of a Town (Standard Pictures), Lear and Goneril (Atelier Productions), Forever Joy (Nitrame), and In Control (Moviecraft).
Richard Stoker has appeared on BBC1,BBC2, BBC4, Channel 3 and 4, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio London, Radio Leeds and LBC. As a pianist and keyboard player he has performed at the South Bank, on BBC Radios 3 and 4, on BBC TV1 and on LBC; also as a jazz pianist at Pizza on the Park, the Nachlite Club and London University Union. His music is recorded on many albums and on ten CDs - see Discography below.
Richard Stoker edited Composer magazine for eleven years. His first volume of autobiography, Open Window - Open Door, was published by Regency Press in 1985, and a children's novel, Tanglewood, was published by Merlin Books in 1993. Diva - a novel and Collected Short Stories was published by Minerva in 1998. Numerous of his stories and poems have been anthologised. He has received several awards from the American Poetry Society. He was nominated Man of the Year 1997 by the American Biographical Institute (ABI).
He belongs to the following organisations: PRS, MCPS, BACS (Legal Affairs Committees), RAM Guild (Founder Member, Committee and Hon Treasurer), Atlantic Council (founder-member), Blackheath Poetry Society, International PEN, English PEN, and the Royal Society of Literature.
Richard Stoker is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (FRAM), an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), and an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM).
His principal music publishers include: BMG, Boosey & Hawkes, Fentone, Ricordi, Peters, OUP, Associated Board, Doblinger, Brunton, and Leeds/MCA.
Hewas commissioned by the Oxford 'Dictionary of National Biography' (OUP 2004) to write the entries on eight musicians: Sir Thomas Armstrong, Arthur Benjamin, Alan Bush, Eric Fenby and Robert Simpson, Harold Truscott and Janet Craxton and most recently, Anthony Milner. Since then he has been appointed advisor to the DNB (2004 - ) which is also available on-line.
Richard also has a facebook page.
Recent credits -
AS ACTOR - Maleficent - Dignitary (Brian Rose/Disney), Friday Night Dinner - Wedding guest (Big Talk, Channel 4), Fortitude (Tiger Aspect drama, Hercules (Coty's double, with John Hurt - Sky), Woolfman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, Sanctus, Kezz and the new Tim Burton directed film - Dark Shadows. Among over 150 films, Richard has appeared in 3 recent made for TV films for BBC2 and 3 for Sky1. Visit Casting Call Pro for Richard's page.
New Films 2011 - 2012 include The Waiting Room (Mr Bullock), Of Strange Lands and People (pianist), The Watchers (LA Film Award 2012), Homeless Pete (made for Sky 1), Uncle (made for BBC2). Other credits include Dredd, Dark Shadows and Waves.
His new films include appearances in Downton Abbey in the new series out Autumn 2013; and 'Maleficent' the new Walt Disney take on Sleeping Beauty due for release in 2014 - Richard plays a Dignitary which is a 50-word featured role.
AS PERFORMER - Harpsichord Continuo in Telemann and Handel conducted by Gregory Rose for Margaret Asher Eliot memorial Concert, April 2011.
AS COMPOSER - 3 Short Indian Films - Dancing Peacocks, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjMyFldNEyA Monody of Waterfalls, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj-VnG22Ets Soliloquy on Sea and Sands - with Vinod Moogi (Indian flutes)Concerto for Recorder (or Flute) and Strings 2013
Recent commissions Quartet for Four Bass Intruments (Op.80) "Sonata Symphonique" (Op.81) organ for Glasgow, Pipe Works Carol, "I saw a fair maiden" (Op.82) SATB & org. St Paul's Church, Covent Garden "This Green Pleasant Land" (Op.83) song cycle for Jane Rogers and John Turner
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 4th August
Memento Mary Magdalen (Op.84) recorder and strings - for John Turner A Garrick Round (Op.85) for the Garrick Club Flute Sonata (Op.86) for Rachel Smith and John Turner "Three Choral Preludes" (Op.87) for Robert Crowley, Southwark Cathedral Trio (Op.88) sax., clarinet and percussion for Sarah Field, David Campbell and Mike Hamnett In 2012, Richard wrote several new pieces for Recorder and for Flute.
www.priory.org.uk (Priory Records)
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Discography (all on CD) Complete Solo Piano Music (Parkin) PRIORY - PRCD 659
Complete Guitar Music (Vishnick, English Guitar Duo) ASC15
Vocal Music 1 and Piano Duos (Fox, Feaviour, Stoker, Davies Duo) ASC10
Vocal Music 2 (Fox, Feaviour, Stoker) ASC17
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano (Johannesson, Jenkins) CHANDOS - CHAN 9079
Two Jazz CDs (as pianist), music by Hoagy Carmichael, Gershwin, Porter (ACS)
"Polemics" for oboe & string trio - Craxton, the London Oboe Quartet (Oboe Classics CC2011)
"Four Miniatures" for oboe, bassoon and piano - Jeremy Polmear, Philip Gibbon, Diane Ambache (Oboe Classics CC 2016)
Listen to three excerpts from Richard Stoker's CD, Vocal Music and Piano Duos: Track 5 - Danse (Quatre Morceau a Quatre Mains Op.77) Track 30 - Kristallnacht Monody Op.76
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