Richard Stilgoe founded the Orpheus Centre in 1997, and continues to direct courses there in music theatre and song-writing. He had fifty years as a performer and writer in all forms of the performing arts. On television he appeared on Nationwide, That's Life and several series of his own. On stage he toured for many years with his one-man show and subsequently his two-man show with Peter Skellern. He wrote lyrics for Cats, Starlight Express and The Phantom of the Opera, and music and lyrics for Bodywork, Brilliant the Dinosaur and Orpheus-the Mythical. His broadcasting work has earned him the New York Radio Festival Gold Award, three Monaco Festival Prizes and the Prix Italia. Richard Stilgoe sits on various boards involved in music education and is Chair of Youth Music. He was knighted in the Jubilee Birthday Honours List in 2012.
Published November 2012