RICHARD STOKER FRAM, ARAM, ARCM (B. Castleford, Yorkshire, 1938-LIVING)

Richard Stoker is an English actor, artist, author, composer, conductor, musician, novelist and poet - a man of many parts. Born at Castleford, in 1938, son of Captain Bower Morrell Stoker (d.1983) and Winifred, née Harling, from a very early age he demonstrated exceptional ability in music and art which his parents encouraged. At two years of age, he conducted carol singing and at three, his father arranged for him to conduct the Black Dyke Mills Band. At five, he conducted two choruses from Handel's Messiah: the Hallelujah and the Amen. Between the ages of four and eight he regularly practised his conducting to 78 rpms on his parent's Philco radiogram of Handel's Water Music, Mendelssohn's Overture, Fingal's Cave, and Wagner's Meistersinger. About this time, his earliest memory of playing in an orchestra was at primary school in the percussion section. Aged six, he won a competition conducting a wind band in the bandstand at Llandudno, Wales. He was composing by the age of eight. Aged nine, he was conducting a church choir in Pontefract, where his uncle was organist. Other conducting engagements followed, including in about 1950, the choir at Harrogate summer music course, and rehearsed the Salvation Army Band in Castleford. From 1954 to 1958, he attended the Bridlington summer music course, where he received conducting training from Eric Fenby and Richard Butt.
He was educated at Bredalbane House School from 1943 to 1952. During this period, at the age of twelve, he formed his first chamber orchestra, with players from the district. Also during these years, he studied piano and composition privately with an uncle, George Henry Howdle LRAM, LTCL. In 1947 at the age of about nine, he performed as soloist and in piano duet with David Baines on the Steinway grand at Pontefract Town Hall for the Pontefract Music Festival. The concert was recorded on 10-inch and 7-inch acetate discs which survive. He describes here his preference for the piano:
From an early age I loved writing for the piano, and my love for the instrument has grown year by year. I have none of the usual hangups about it being 'out of tune' with other instruments, although I do notice it sometimes. In the hands of a fine player, the piano is a glorious instrument, and is my favourite, with the guitar a close second.
He won a travel scholarship to the Huddersfield Polytechnic (now a university). Here under Wyndham Williams, he occasionally conducted the Music School Orchestra and Madrigal Group. At the age of fifteen, he played in the Senior Youth Orchestra, where he also conducted rehearsals and led sectional rehearsals. Professor Stoker recalled this time: "At Huddersfield University Music School I played in the percussion section: cymbals, etc. in Vaughan Williams's glorious Te Deum...I liked sitting and playing viola because the orchestra was all around me." Here during the years 1953 to 1958, he studied Composition and Organ with Winifred M. Smith, B.Mus, FRCO, LRAM, from 1953-56, Composition with Harold Truscott, Piano with Michael Kruszinski, Cello with Percy Crosier, Singing with Eugene Everest, and Chamber Music with Mrs Arthur Willie Kaye (1953-58). Also at Huddersfield, he studied Painting with Sugden and Napier (1955-58). His first compositions were broadcast on the BBC's "Children's Hour" in 1956, performed by the pianist and well-known actress, Violet Carson. Richard Stoker's official conducting debut was at Huddersfield Town Hall in 1956. In the same year, he established a second chamber orchestra to commemorate the uprising in Budapest, and conducted his own orchestration of Bartok's Three Hungarian Folk Dances, Holst's St Paul's Suite, Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Introduction and Allegro.

Many eminent British composers encouraged him, including Benjamin Britten and Arthur Benjamin, who invited him to visit his London home in 1957. He studied composition and orchestration privately under Eric Fenby, amanuensis of Frederick Delius, and from the age of nineteen at the Royal Academy of Music, composition under Sir Lennox Berkeley, 1958 to 1962. Also at the Academy, he studied Piano with John Palmer and conducting with Clarence Raybould, Terence Lovatt and Maurice Miles. Here he conducted the Academy's orchestra in the overtures of Marriage of Figaro, Coriolanus, Meistersinger and Flying Dutchman, as well as Dvorak's New World Symphony, three symphonies of Beethoven, Barber's Adagio for Strings and Elgar's Enigma Variations.
In 1959, he founded a third chamber orchestra which included John Stein, Philip Simms, John White, David Whiston, Alan Lockwood, David Stobart and was led by Dennis Simons. Performances took place at St Mark's and St John's College, Chelsea, Imperial College, Kensington, and other venues in the London area. Music included Holst's Brook Green Suite, Purcell's Chaconne in G minor, Bach's Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra and Brandenburg Concerto No.3. Also Pergolesi's Flute Concerto, Barber's Adagio for Strings, Vivaldi's The Seasons and Boyce's Concerto Grosso in B minor.
From 1960 to 1962, he worked with the London Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Librarian. From 1962 to 1963, he was awarded the coveted Mendelssohn scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Here, he rehearsed a group of singers, all pupils of Nadia. The programme book for this concert was designed by Jean Cocteau, who attended in a red-lined cloak. The works they performed included Stravinsky’s Threni, and his Sermon, Narrative and a Prayer, and Igor Markevitch’s Paradis Perdu for the Théàtre des Champs Elysées under Herrmann Scherchen. Returning to London, he continued to work with the LSO until 1964.
He was one of the youngest to be appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 1963, a post he held until 1987. He continued to conduct including the premieres of his orchestral works, Antic Hay Overture, Serenade for Orchestra, music for Troilus and Cressida at the Old Vic, and rehearsed his three-act opera, Johnson Preserv’d which was produced in London in 1967. Also during this decade, he orchestrated and conducted for the Cone Ripman Ballet ("The Magic Toyshop"), Minkus's Don Quixote, his own Divertissement and a one-act opera Birthday of the Infanta. In 1966 he rehearsed his Proverbs with the John Alldis Choir and the Virtuoso Ensemble and his Ecce Homo with the London Bach Society and the English Chamber Orchestra.
During his years as Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy, many later distinguished composers and musicians were his pupils (and some of the following were private pupils), including Louis Albanis, Eleanor Alberga, Paul Archbold, Irvine Arditti, Judith Bailey, Phillip Bass, Geoffrey Bond, Oliver Brockway, Harvey Brough, Guy Bunclark, Geoffrey Burmond, Keith Clarke, Paul Crew, Robert Crowley, Jennifer Dakin, Melanie Daiken, Beverley Davison, Christopher Fox, Tristan Fry, Marilyn Goldberg, Edward Gregson, Christopher Hobbs, Benedict Holland, Jonathan Impett, Joe Jackson, David Theadore Jones, Bettina Lawrence, Penny MacNutt, Wilhelm Martin, Janet McCleary, Jonathan McPhee, Philip Mead, Caroline Newby, Tony Osborne, Stephen Oliver, Jane Palmer, Paul Parkinson, Paul Patterson, Morris Pert, Edward Pillinger, John Pochin, Simon Proctor, Paul Reade, Christopher Richardson, Jill Rock, Stuart Rush, Guy Sasportas, John Senter, Paul Sherrill, Brian Shilham, Malcolm Singer, Paul Smith, Anthony Spicer, Malcolm Stewart, Roger Turner, George Vass, Martin Vishnick, Derek Wadsworth, James Walker, Ho Wai On, Alistair Warnes, Stephen Williams, and Clifford Woods.
Also at the Academy, he looked after the welfare of his tutorial pupils who included Caroline Bazalgette, Christopher Bevan, Adrian Brown, Christian Blackshaw, Michael Berkeley, Susan Bullock, Sally Burgess, Anne Collis, Caroline Dale, Richard Deakin, Penelope Deamer, Heather Dupre, Richard Dupre, Mark Doust, Huw Evans, Duncan Eves, Neil Farley, Gillian Findley, Philip Fowke, Lesley Garrett, Felicity Gaye, Sandra Hall, Kevin Harrell, Stephen Hecht, Rachel Harrison Tract, Shelagh Hunter, Graham Johnson, John Knight, Rosemary Leathard, Barbara Lowe, Jane Mitchell, Gail Mortley, Catherine O'Leary, Robin Page, Philip Powell, Robert Price, Judy Proctor, Ann Radwinovitz, Rie Saawa, John Senter, John Skinner, Mark Snee, Alistair Sorley, Jonathan Summers, Nicole Swann, Christopher Thomas, Francis Wadham, Ho Wai, Donna Welshman, Helen Willis, Marshak Willox, Robert Wollard and Robert Wooley. He was editor of Composer magazine from 1969-1980, a member of the executive committee, Composers' Guild, 1969-80 and a committee member of the RAM Club 1980-83. From 1979 to 1995, he was a member of the British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and Association of Professional Composers (APC), 1978-present. A founder member of the Atlantic Council (NATO), 1993, and member of the European Atlantic Group from 1993 and the United Nations Association, 1986-94.
In 1971 he conducted rehearsals of his ballet, The Garden Party, for Dame Margot Fonteyn, with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, at the Coliseum, and the recording of his music My Friend - My Enemy, for the Contemporary Dance Centre at The Place. In 1973 he rehearsed his Sinfonia for Sax, which he later conducted at Kneller Hall.
In the early 1980s he conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra in a recording of his two suites, Four Centuries and French Suite, and his Chorale for Strings. He also rehearsed the Hilliard Ensemble in a six-part setting of his own poem, A Landscape of Truth for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In the 1990s he conducted his scores for films and TV, including the film Lear and Goneril, in which he also played King Lear.

Professor Stoker has also been a regular broadcaster all over the world - in the United States, Canada, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, and on BBC radio and television, including Composer's Portrait (1974) (Radio 3), Comment (Channel 4 television, 1991), pianist in Jazz Duo with Susan Fazarro (vocals), 1980-84, with Carmen Lynn, 1985-87, and with Dr Gill Stoker, 1988 to the present. He has performed as pianist at many concerts including South Bank, Purcell Room, Leighton House, Wigmore Hall, etc. He also taught Composition at St Paul's School, Hammersmith, 1973-76, and Magdalen College, Cambridge, 1983-86.
Not only one of the foremost British composers, a musician and conductor, Richard Stoker has also acted in theatre, television and for feature films, shorts and documentaries over a long career in the Industry spanning six decades, beginning with an uncredited part as a Royal Academy of Music student in Sapphire (1959), a feature-length film directed by Basil Dearden and produced by Michael Relph. Most recently, in 2014, he was a body double for Lord Cotys, played by John Hurt in the feature film, Hercules.

From his early years to the present, he has created many works of art in various media including oils on canvas, watercolour, pen and ink as well as sculpture. A selection of his art works are exhibited at this website in albums for "Drawings" and "Paintings". Some of his artwork may be seen illustrating CD releases of his music. He has exhibited at the Cotton Building near London Bridge Station, and at the Tudor Barn, Eltham, South East London, with the Blackheath Arts Society in 1988 and 1993, Lewisham Society of Arts Summer exhibitions in 1991 and 1992, and a one-man show at Laurence House for Lewisham Arts Festival (1992 1994 and 1995). Exhibitions in various provincial libraries in more recent years have included St Paul's Church Art Draw Exhibition in Bearspace, 10-24 January 2004.
An anthology of his poems was published by Golden Eagle Press, Leicester, in 1967, entitled Words Without Music. A revised edition with additional poems was published by Outpost Publications in 1974. Many other poems have appeared in poetry anthologies. His poem Portrait of a Town, with illustrations by Russell Irving, was published by Outposts Publications, Walton-on-Thames in 1973. A first edition of his autobiography Open Window - Open Door was published by Regency Press in 1985 which received excellent reviews. In addition to these books, he has also published a novel for children, entitled Tanglewood (Merlin Books, 1993), and a novel for adults, entitled Diva (Minerva Press,1990), among others.
Professor Stoker, who lives with his second wife, Dr Gillian Patricia Stoker BA (Hons), MA, PhD (nee Watson) at their home in Blackheath, South East London, continues composing, acting, and producing works of art. He has been a Justice of the Peace (Magistrates Association, London from 1995) and has worked for the mental-health charity, "Mind" from 1989-91, and the "Samaritans", 1991-94. He has appeared in quite a few music videos in recent years with Phatfish, Coldplay and Robbie Williams, among others. He will celebrate his seventy-eighth birthday in November 2016.

His awards include: BBC Music Award, 1952, Mrs Sunderland Award, 1954, Manson Awards (twice), Elkin Memorial Award, Haynes Award, Hecht Award, Lucas Award (1960), Arthur Hinton Award, Nunn Award, Josiah Parker Award (1961), Oliveira Prescott Award, John E. West Award, Associate of the Royal College of Music (1961), Eric Coates Award (1962) Dove Prize, Royal Academy of Music (1962); First Royal Amateur Orchestral Society Award (1963), Mendelssohn Scholarship (1962-3), Associate of the Royal College of Music (1962), Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (1969), and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (1973). Editors Choice Award (1995 and 1997), and Man of the Year Award by the American Biographical Institute (1997).




Suite: After Purcell (1959). First perf. London, 1961

Overture: Antic Hay Op.2 (1960). First perf. London, 1962

Petite Suite Op.1 (1961)

Suite: Four Countries Op.11c (1964)

French Suite Op.11d (1964)

Chorale for Strings Op.18b (1966). First perf. 1970

Permutations Op.19 (1967)

Passacaglia Op.17 (1967)

Interludes and Arias from "Johnson Preserv'd" Op.30b (1967). First perf. London, 1967

Overture: Feast of Fools Op.34 (1968). First perf. London (1969). First perf. London, 1969

Little Symphony Op.23 (1969). First perf. London, 1970

Suite: Four Countries Op.11c (1970)

Serenade Op.33 (1971). First perf. London, 1971

Suite from "The Garden Party" Op.33c (1971). First perf. London, 1971

Suite: French Suite Op.11d (1971)

Antiphons and Responses Op.23b. Scored for recorder quartet and orchestra (1974)

Variations, Passacaglia and Fugue Op.10 (1974). First perf. 1981

Piano Concerto Op.54 (1978)

Movement from "Bouquet for Lennox" (1983). First perf. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 1983

Locations Op.62 (1986)



Five Nocturnes Op.9 for piano (1959). First perf. London, 1961

Trio Op.3. Scored for flute, oboe and clarinet (1960). First perf. London, 1962

String Quartet No.1 Op.11 (1961). First perf. Buxton, Yorkshire, 1962. Recorded by Gaudeamus, for long-player 12-inch record GRS 8, played by the Strange Quartet.

Festival Suite. Scored for trumpet and piano (1961)

Wind Quintet Op.6 (1962). First perf. London, 1963

String Quartet No.2 Op.18 (1962). First perf. Harlow, Essex, 1965. Recorded by Gaudeamus, for long-player 12-inch record GRS 8, played by the Strange Quartet.

Sonata No.1 Op.15. Scored for violin and piano (1963). First perf. London, 1966

Sextet Op.16. Scored for clarinet, horn, bassoon and string trio (1963). First perf. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 1966

Piano Trio No.1 Op.24 (1963). First perf. London, 1964

Little Suite Op.36. Scored for two treble instruments (1963)

Sonatina Op.5. Scored for clarinet and piano (1964). Broadcast by BBC radio, 1980

Four Miniatures Op.8. Scored for flute, clarinet and piano (1964)

Triptych Op.13. Scored for clarinet or bass clarinet (1964). First perf. Chichester, Sussex, 1967

Sololoquy Op.13b for flute (1964). First perf. London, 1966

Sonatina Op.21b for violin and viola (1964). First perf. Canada, 1965

Three Inventions Op.12b. Scored for two bass instruments (1965)

Conversations Op.12c. Scored for two bass instruments (1965)

Concertino No.1 Op.49 for flute and violin (1965). First perf. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 1966

Miniature String Trio Op.80 (1965). Recorded by Gaudeamus, for long-player 12-inch record GRS 8, played by members of the Strange Quartet.

Zodiac Variations Op.7 for guitar (1966)

Terzetto Op.32 for clarinet, viola and piano (1966). First perf. Harlow, Essex, 1968

Rounds and Canons Op.3b for three treble instruments (1967)

Prelude and Toccata Op.22 for violin and piano (1967). First perf. London, 1974

Sonata Op.26 for piano (1967). Broadcast by Radio Dublin, 1970

Three Epigrams Op.29b for cor anglais and piano (1967). First perf. London, 1968

Improvisation Op.42b for guitar (1967). Recorded on 12-inch long-player, Fonal MMS 56

Pastoral Op.42c for guitar (1967)

Nocturnal Op.37 for horn, violin and piano (1967). First perf. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 1970

An Oboe Method (1967)

Music for Three Op.5b for three oboes (1968)

Music for Two and Little Dance Suite Op.13 for recorders (1968-9)

Sonatina Op.21 for flute and piano (1968). Broadcast on BBC radio, 1984

String Quartet No.3 Op.36 (1968). First perf. London, 1969

Piano Trio No.2 Op.35 (1968). First perf. London, 1969

Diversions on a Theme of Mikos Theadorakis Op.46 for guitar (1968)

A Little Organ Book Op.27 (1968). First perf. London, 1969

A Poet's Notebook Op.7 (1968). First perf. London, 1972

Sonatina Op.42 for guitar (1969)

Partita Op.28 for organ (1969). First perf. Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, 1970

Three Pieces Op.29 for oboe (1969). First perf. London, 1970

Three Improvisations Op.31 for organ (1970). First perf. London, 1973

Contemporary Organ Technique Op.31c (1970). First perf. Oxford, 1979

Polemics Op.40 for oboe and string trio (1970). First perf. London, 1971

Sonata No.2 Op.43 for violin and piano (1971). First perf. London, 1972

Variations Op.45 for piano (1971). First perf. London, 1973

Monologue Op.13c for violin (1972)

Sinfonia for Sax Op.38b for saxophone quartet (1972). First perf. London, 1973

Litany, Sequence and Hymn Op.12 for brass quartet (1974). First perf. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (1976)

Facets Op.38 for flute, violin, cello and harpsichord (1974). First perf. London, 1975

Diversions on a Theme of Sir Lennox Berkeley Op.46 for two pianos (1974). First perf. London, 1975

Duologue Op.47 for two pianos (1974). First perf. London, 1975

Concertino No.2 Op.49b for violin and cello (1974). First perf. London, 1975

Two Jazz Preludes Op.63 for piano (1976). First perf. London, 1982

Prelude and Scherzando for flute (1976)

Variants Op.31b for organ (1976). First perf. Leeds, Yorkshire, 1978

Chants and Danse for oboe and piano (1976)

Air and Danse for bassoon and piano (1976)

Chaconne and Rondo for horn and piano (1976)

Melody and Concert Piece for trombone and piano (1976)

Sonata Op.55 for two guitars (1977). First perf. London, 1977. Recorded on 12-inch long-player by Gaudameus, KRS 33.

Concerto Op.56 for two guitars and tape (1978). First performed in London, 1977. Recorded on 12-inch long-player by Gaudameus, KRS 33.

Pieces for Polita Op.57 for guitar (1979)

Organ Symphony Op.58 (1979). First perf. Wimborne, Dorset, 1980

Trio Sonata Op.60 for flute, violin and organ (1979). First perf. London, 1980

Piano Trio No.3 Op.59 (1980). First perf. London, 1980

Three Pieces Op.31d for organ (1980). First perf. London, 1982

Air and Dance for cello and piano (1980)

Sonata Op.61 for violin (1982). First perf. London, 1982

Dance Movements Op.66 for guitar or lute (1983). First perf. London, 1984

Partita Op.65 for clarinet and piano (1984). First perf. London, 1985

Sonata for Piano, No.2. Commissioned by Eric Parkin.

Chinese Canticle. Commissioned by Inter-Artes.



Ecce Homo Op.14 for speaker, tenor, baritone, chorus and orchestra (1962). First perf. London, 1966

The Canticle of the Rose Op.4 for high voice, clarinet, cello and piano (1963)

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis Op.20b for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1963)

Requiescat and Songs of Spring Op.20d & 20e for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1965). First perf. Lothbury, 1988

Proverbs Op.20 for SATB chorus, organ or ensemble (1966)

Visits of Truth for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1966)

O Be Joyful Op.20c for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1967). First perf. London, 1979

Gloria in Excelsis Deo Op.20b for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1967). First perf. Fairfax, Virginia, 1970

Jubilate deo Op.20c for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1967). First perf. Fairfax, Virginia, 1970

Music That Brings Sweet Sleep Op.25 for voice and piano (1967). First perf. Maidstone, Kent, 1968

Aspects I in III Op.39 for voice and piano (1968). First perf. London, 1970

Six Folk Song Arrangements for voice and piano (1968)

The World's Way for unison voices, piano or ensemble (1968)

Sailaway for unison voices, piano or instruments (1968)

The Glory of the Dove Op.41a for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1970)

Noble Nature and Truth Op.41c for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1970). Broadcast on BBC radio, 1974

A Supplication for unaccompanied SAB chorus (1970)

Missa Brevis for unaccompanied SAB chorus (1970)

Make Me a Willow Cabin Op.44 for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano (Shakespeare) (1972). First perf. London, 1973

Aspects of Flight Op.48 for voice and piano (1973). First perf. London, 1974. Recorded by Carolyn Maia (mezzo-soprano) and Richard Stoker (piano) on Gaudeamus 12-inch long-playing record, KRS 33 (stereo).

Benedictus Op.51 for SATB chorus, organ or orchestra (1974). First perf. London, 1975

Portrait of a Town Op.52 for speaker and two pianos (1975). First perf. Huddersfield, Yorkshire, 1976

A Landscape of Truth Op.41b for unaccompanied SATB chorus (1978). Broadcast on BBC radio, 1982

Four Yeats Songs Op.64 for voice and piano (1980). First perf. 1988

Four Shakespeare Songs Op.57 for voice and piano (1988). First perf. Oxford, 1989

Songs: Can You Feel Love (1980). Recorded on Royal JB 306, Royal MS 100, JJ EP 117; Waiting for You (1980), recorded Royal JB 306, Royal MS 100, JJ EP 117; No Longer Cry, No Longer Sing (1980), recorded Royal JB 306; Fine and Mellow (1980), recorded JSO 181.



Johnson Preserv'd Op.30 (1966-67). First perf. London, 1967

Therese Raquin Op.50 (1978)



The End of the Line (film score) (1959)

Lysistrata (incidental music to Aristophanes) (1963)

Troilus and Cressida (indicental music to Shakespeare) (1964)

Macbeth (indicental music to Shakespeare) (1965)

Garden Party Op.33b. Ballet, danced by Dame Margot Fonteyn and choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton. Designs by Andy Warhol. Coliseum (1971). First perf. London, 1971

My Friend, My Enemy (ballet) The Place, (1971). Firt perf. London, 1971

Portrait of A Town (film score) Standard Pictures, (1982)



1.  Petite Suite. Orch. 2121.221 hrp, p, strs

Performance: BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Vilem Tausky (1963). Recorded (tape). Publisher: Warner/Chappell

2. Antic Hay Overture. Orch. 2222.433, p, strs

First performance, Halle Orchestra, conducted by Maurice Handford (1962). Recorded (tape)

2b. Antic Hay Overture version for wind band

2c. Suite, After Purcell. Orch. 2222.433 hrp, p, strs

2d. Concerto for Harpsichord & Strings (or Concertino for piano and strings)

3. Trio for flute, oboe and clarinet

First performance, Leighton House, 1962. Recorded (tape)

3b. Little Suite for two treble instruments

3c. Festival Suite for trumpet and piano. Recorded (tape)

3d. Rounds & Canons for three treble instruments

4. Canticle 1: The Canticle of The Rose, for high voice, clarinet, cello, viola and piano

4b. Psalm 93 for SATB and string orch. (or SATB and organ or piano)

4c. String Trio, for violin, viola and cello

4d. Trio for clarinet, viola and piano

5. Sonatina for clarinet and piano. BBC Radio 3 b/c Johanassen and Jenkins, 1980. Publisher: Leeds Music (MCA/ Universal). Recoding (tape). Commercial recording, CD.

5b. Music For Three for three oboes or three clarinets, or alto tenor, bariton saxophone. Publisher: Leeds Music (MCA/Universal).

5c. Chorale Prelude No.1 for organ solo.

5d. The World's Way for unison voices and piano (or solo voice and piano)

6. Wind Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon.

First performance, Macnaughten concert, by the Portia Ensemble, 4 St James's Square, 1963. Recording (tape)

7. From An Artist's Sketchbook for piano (six easy pieces)

7b. Fireworks for piano (six easy pieces). The piece has been filmed. Publisher: Fentone

7c. The Fairground for piano (six easy pieces)

7d. The Little Giraffe for piano or chime bars (12 easy pieces)

8. Miniature String Trio for violin, viola and cello. Publisher: Ricordi/ BMG

8b. Four Miniatures for flute, clarinet and piano and two clarinets and piano:-

Flute, cello and piano

Violin, cello and piano

Violin, viola and piano

Oboe, bassoon and piano

Trumpet, trombone and piano

Clarinet, viola and piano

8c. Clarinet Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello

9. Twelve Nocturnes for piano

First performance, Richard Rodney Bennett, 4 St James Square, 1960

9b. The Magic Toyshop. Action song playlet for unison voices and piano. Publisher: Leeds Music (MCA/Universal)

9c. Sailaway for unison voices and instruments or piano. Publisher: Warner/ Chappell.

10. Variations Passacaglia & Fugue for string orchestra. Publisher: Peters. Recording (tape).

First performance by the BBC Philharmonic, 1981

11. String Quartet No.1. Publisher: Ricordi/ BMG. Recording (tape).

First performance at Buxton Festival, 1962 by the Alberni Quartet: Dennis Simons, Howard Davis, John White and Gregory Baron.

11b. Miniature String Quartets: 1 In Italy (Florence-Rome-Venice) 2 In France (Provence-Alsace-Brittany-Normandy) 3 In Britain (Wales-England-Ireland-Scotland). Publisher: Peters, ed. John White, H.515-517

11c. Four Countries. Suite for Strings.

11d. French Suite for strings

12. Symphony No.1 for full orchestra: 3323.4331 timp perc. hrp strs

12b. Litany Sequence & Hymn for brass quartet, or brass ensemble, or brass band

12c. Four Conversations for two bass instruments, or alto and tenor saxophone. Publisher: Fentone

12d. Three Inventions for two bass instruments, or alto and baritone saxophone, or soprano and tenor saxophone. Publisher: Leeds Music (MCA/ Universal)

12e. Prelude & Scherzando for flute and piano. Publisher: Associated Board

12f. Chant & Danse for oboe and piano. Publisher: Associated Board

12g. Air & Danse for bassoon and piano. Publisher: Associated Board

12h. Chaconne & Rondo for horn and piano. Publisher: Associated Board

12i. Melody & Concert Piece for trombone and piano. Publisher: Associated Board

13. Triptych for solo clarinet or bass clarinet. Recording (tape)

First performance at Chichester Festival, 1967

13b. Soliloquy for solo flute. Recording (tape)

13c. Music For Two (recorders). Recording (tape)

13d. Little Dance Suite for three recorders. Publisher: Ricordi/ BMG. Recording (tape)

13e. Brass Quartet for trumpet, two horns, and trombone. Publisher: Fentone

13f. Concert Caprice for solo horn (or solo cor anglais)

13g. Aubade for solo oboe or cor anglais

14h. Concert Piece for solo cello (or solo bassoon)

14. Ecce Homo. Cantata for speaker, tenor, baritone solo, chorus and orchestra. timp pno str. Publisher: Peters

15. Sonata No.1 for violin and piano. Recording (tape)

First performance by Frederick Grinke and Weingarten, Conway Hall, 1966.

15b. Regency Suite in six movements. Commercial CD

15c. Troilus And Cressida: Incidental music to Shakespeare's play. Orch/one vocal setting 1110 2422 perc hrp tmp strs.

First peformance, Old Vic, 1964

16. Sextet for clarinet, horn, bassoon and string trio.

First performance by Czech Nonet, at Cheltenham Festival, 1966. Recording (tape)

17. Piano Serenade (five movements). Commercial CD

17b. Passacaglia. Orch. 2222, 433 hrp, perc. strs

18. String Quartet No.2. Publisher: Ricordi/ BMG. Recording (tape)

18b. Chorale for Strings. Publisher: Fentone. Recording (tape)

18c. Air & Dance for cello and piano. Publisher: Fentone

18d. Concert Music for cello ensemble in six parts

18e. Ten Easy Tunes for violin and piano. Publisher: Fentone

19. Songs of Love And Loss for high voice and piano (five poems). Commercial CD

19b. A Poet's Notebook for piano solo (six pieces). Publisher: Leeds Music (MCA/ Universal). Commercial CD

First performance, Leighton House, Spurrell, 1972

19c. Birthday Of The Infanta: a children's opera

19d. Permutations for orchestra or instruments: 1111. 2111, strs (instrumentation: conductor's choice)

20. Proverbs for SATB and orchestra, or organ. Publisher: Barry Brunton

20b. Gloria In Excelsis Deo for SATB. Publisher: Oecumuse

20c. Magnificat & Nunc Dimitis for SSAB and organ

20d. Requiescat for SS and piano. Publisher: Leeds Music (MCA/Universal). Commercial CD

20e. Songs Of Spring for SSA a capella. Publisher: Leeds Music (MCA/ Universal)

20f. A Supplication for SAB a capella. Publisher: Oecumuse

20g. Missa Brevis of unison voices and organ. Publisher: Oecumuse

20h. Visits of Truth for SATB

20i. Jesu Holy Child anf Creator Lord, for SATB and Organ (optional).

20j. Chant for SATB. Publisher: Oecumuse

20k. Glory Be To The Father for SSAB a capella. Publisher: Oecumuse

21. Sonatina for flute and piano in three movements. Recording (tape)

First performance, BBC Radio 3, 1984

21b. Sonatina for violin and viola in three movements.

First performance, Frederick Grinke, Kondacks, Canada, 1965

21c. Invention for clarinet and viola

22. Prelude & Toccata for violin and piano

First performance: Leighton House, 1974

22b. Zodiac Variations for piano (twelve pieces). Commercial CD

22c. Zodiac Variations for guitar. Commercial CD. Recording (tape)

23. Little Symphony. Orch. 1111, 211 pno, timp, perc, strs (instrumentation: conductor's choice). Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes.

First performance at the London College of Music, 1970

23b. Antiphons & Responses for recorder quartet (or flute quartet, or oboe quartet) and small orchestra or youth/ school orchestra. Orch. 4,1111,111 timp, perc, strs.

24. Piano Trio No.1. Recording (tape)

First performance by the Willison Trio at Wigmore Hall, London, 1964

25. Music That Brings Sweet Sleep. Recording (tape). Written for Philip Langridge. Commercial CD. Publisher: Elkin

First performance by Philip Langridge and Geoffrey Pratley at Maidstone Music Club, 11 March 1968; Gerald English and Paul Hamburger, BBC Radio 3 broadcast, 1976.

26. Piano Sonata No.1. Commercial CD. Recording (tape)

First performance by Else Cross, broadcast on Radio Dublin, 1970; Eric Parkin, BBC, 1990

27. A Little Organ Book. Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes. Recording (tape)

First performance by Townend, Christ Church, Chelsea, 1969; Bunney, BBC.

28. Partita for Organ. Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes. Recording (tape)

First performance at Wolverhampton by Richardson, BBC broadcast, 1970

29. Three Pieces for Oboe or Cor Anglais Solo. Publisher: Peters. Recording (tape)

First performance, Wigmore Hall, 1970

29b. Three Epigrams for Cor Anglais and Piano. Recording (tape)

29c. An Oboe Method (oboe tutor)

30. Johnson Preserv'd. An opera in three acts for five solo voices and orchestra. Orch. 1111.1. Perc, timp, hrp, strs (or opera orchestra). Recording (tape)

First performance, St Pancras, 1967

30b. Interludes & Arias from Johnson Preserv'd for tenor and orchestra (as for Op.30). Recording (tape)

30c. Two Arias with piano: Polly's Aria (soprano); Mrs Thrale's Aria (mezzo-soprano). Commercial CD

30d. Four Preludes From Johnson Preserv'd. 1111.1 perc tmp, hrp, strs or symphony orchestra. Recorded (tape)

31. Three Improvisations for organ. Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes.

First performance, St Giles, Cripplegate, 1973

31b. Variants for organ. Publisher: Berben.

First performance, Leeds Parish Church, 1978

31c. Contemporary Organ Technique. Recording (tape)

First performance, New College, Oxford, 1978

31d. Three Pieces for organ. Publisher: Fentone

First performance, St Brides, Fleet Street, 1982

31e. Chorale Prelude No.2 for organ (wedding prelude)

32. Terzetto for clarinet, viola and piano. Recording (tape)

First performance, Harlow, 1968

33. Serenade for orchestra. Orch. 1111.1 tmp, strs. Recording (tape)

First performance: Philomusica of London, Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington, 1971

33b. Suite from The Garden Party. Bach/Stoker. Orch. 2222,433 harp, perc, strs

First performance, Coliseum, London, 1971

34. Feast Of Fools: overture for orchestra. Orch. 2222,433, hrp, p, strs. Recording (tape)

35. Piano Trio No.2. Recording (tape)

First performance by the Bureau Trio, Purcell Room, 1969

36. String Quartet No.3 (Adlerian). Recording (tape)

First performance, Purcell Room, 1969; New York, 1970

37. Nocturnal for horn, violin and piano, or version for horn, clarinet and piano. Recording (tape)

First performance: Cheltenham Festival, 1970

38. Facets for flute, violin, cello and harpsichord, or version for flute, oboe, guitar and harpsichord or piano. Recording (tape)

First performance: Wigmore Hall, 1975

38b. Sinfonia For Sax. Four saxophones.

39. Aspects I in III for low or high voice & piano. Commissioned by Jean Austin-Dobson. Commercial CD.

First performance: Jean Austin-Dobson and Elizabeth Thomas (piano). Wigmore Hall, 14 July 1970

39b. Eight Folk Song Arrangements for voice and piano. Early One Morning; The Oak and the Ash; The Poacher; Bobby Shaftoe; All Through the Night; Londonderry Air; The Noble Duke of York; The Keys of Canterbury. Dedicated to Jacqueline Fox. Commercial CD

39c. Eight Folk Song Arrangements for voice and guitar. Publisher: Doblinger

40. Polemics for oboe quartet (oboe, violin, viola and cello).

First performance by Janet Craxton (oboe), etc., Leighton House

41. The Glory Of The Dove for SATB. Publisher: Barry Brunton. Commercial CD

41b. A Landscape of Truth for male voices (AATTBB). Recording (tape).

41c. The Noble Nature & Truth (two part-songs for SATB). Recording (tape)

First performance by the BBC Singers, 1974

42. Sonatina for Guitar. Commercial CD. Recording (tape).

First performance by Gabriel Estarellas, Purcell Room, 1974.

42b. Improvisation for guitar. Commercial CD. Recording: long-player (LP)

First performance: Gilardino, Italy; Estarellas, BBC broadcast

42c. Pastoral for guitar (Hector Quine). Commercial CD. Recording (tape)

42d. Pastoral for oboe and strings (composer's arrangement of Op.42c)

43. Sonata No.2 for violin and piano. Recording (tape)

First performance by Deakin and Lumsden, Wigmore Hall, 1972

44. Canticle 2: Make Me A Willow Cabin, for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano.  Commissioned by the Gemini Ensemble (Audrey Attwood, Carolyn Maia and Philip Jenkins). It is a setting of the veil scene from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (Act 1, Scene 5). Commercial CD. Recording (tape)

First performance: Purcell Room, London, 1973

45. Piano Variations. Commercial CD. Recording (tape)

First performance: Wigmore Hall, 1973

46. Diversions On A Theme Of Mikis Theodorakis. Commercial CD. Recording (tape)

First performance: Kevin Peak, Leighton House

46b. Diversions On A Theme Of Lennox Berkeley for piano duet. Commercial CD. Recording (tape)

First performance: Koenig, Richard Stoker, Purcell Room, London.

47. Duologue for two pianos. Commercial CD. Recording (tape)

First performance by Bennett and Bradshaw, Purcell Room, London, 1975

48. Aspects Of Flight for medium voice and piano. Commissioned by the Redcliffe Concerts for a South Bank concert in 1974. Words by Jill Watt. Commercial long-player (LP)

49. Concertino No.1 for flute and violin

First performance by Mcnutt and Martin at Cheltenham Festival, 1966

49b. Concertino No.2 for violin and cello

First performance by members of Bureau Trio, Purcell Room, London, 1975

49c. Variants for clarinet and violin

50. Therese Raquin. Opera (in preparation)

51. Benedictus for SATB and orchestra or organ. Publisher: Oecumuse. Recording (tape)

First performance, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London, 1975

52. Portrait Of A Town for speaker and two pianos (poem by Richard Stoker).  Publisher: Ricordi/ BMG. Recording (tape)

First performance, Huddersfield, 1976

53. Assemblages for four pianos (sixteen hands). Recording (tape)

First performance: Huddersfield, 1976

53b. Assemblages for piano duet (four hands)

54. Piano Concerto in three movements (symphony or chamber orchestra)

55. Sonata for two guitars. Publisher: Barry Brunton. Commercial CD.

First performance, Wigmore Hall, London, 1977

56. Concerto for two guitars and tape. Commercial CD.

First performance, Wigmore Hall, London, 1978

57. Pieces For Polita (six pieces) for guitar solo. Commercial CD.

58. Organ Symphony. Publisher: Barry Brunton. Recording (tape)

First performance: Wimborne Minster, 1980

59. Piano Trio No.3. First performance by the Bureau Trio, Purcell Room, London, 1980

60. Trio Sonata for flute, violin and organ (or harpsichord/ piano, or flute, oboe, organ and harpsichord or piano; cello and bassoon obbligato optional)

First performance: St George's Hanover Square, 1980

61. Sonata No.3 for solo violin.

First performance: Wigmore Hall, 1982

62. Locations for string quartet, etc., or other instruments

63. Two Jazz Preludes for piano solo. Commercial CD. Recorded (tape)

First performance: Purcell Room, 1982

63b. Waiting for You for voice and piano

63c. No Longer Cry for voice and piano

64. Four Yeats Songs. Commercial CD.

65. Partita for clarinet and piano

First performance, Purcell Room, 1985

66. Dance Movements for guitar or lute. Publisher: Barry Brunton. Commercial CD

First performance, Purcell Room, 1984

67. Movement from Bouquet For Lennox. Recording (tape)

First performance, Cheltenham Festival, 1983

68. Canticle III: A Chinese Canticle for soprano, baritone, flute, clarinet, cello and harp; or flute (piccolo or alto flute), clarinet (bass clarinet, alto saxophone), cello, and harp.

First performance: Purcell Room, 1991

69. Four Shakespeare Songs for voice and piano. Written for Jacqueline Fox and Raymond Burley. Three songs are from Shakespeare's The Tempest (1,3 and 4). The second song is from Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida. Commercial CD.

69b. Four Shakespeare Songs for voice and guitar

70. The Scholars for high voice with fl, ob, clbsu, hrn, tmp, vl, vl, vle, cv (or voice and piano).

First performed in Manchester, 1993

71. Piano Sonata No.2 (five movements). Commercial CD

72. Ostinato for guitar and cello

72b. Mouvement Perpetuel for 3 clarinets

73. Partita for violin and piano

73b. Parita for mandolin and harp

73c. Labyrinths: six duets for treble instruments (oboe, clarinet, trumpet, etc., or other treble instruments) Publisher: Barry Brunton

73d. Foundations: 20 exercises for oboe, clarinet, trumpet, etc. (or two treble instruments). Publisher: Barry Brunton

74. A York Suite - Eboracum for piano solo (written for Eric Parkin's 70th Birthday)

75. Greek Songs - Theodorakis arrangements, including the smuggled song, 'Remember Us' of 1969

76. Kristallnacht Monody for solo voice. Written in late September 1998 to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis in part of Europe against the Jews on 9 November 1938, the day after the Composer was born. Commercial CD

First performance: Leighton House, London, 10 November 1998.

77. Quatre Morceaux A Quatre Mains (four pieces for piano duet). Commercial CD

78. Realisation. Byrd - Lullaby, My Sweet Little baby for mezzo-soprano and piano. Based on the five-part vocal setting published by Byrd in 1588. Commercial CD

78b. Realisation. Bach First Prelude for piano and strings

79. Realisation. Purcell - Dido's Lament for mezzo-soprano and piano. Based on Dido's recitative and aria from Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. It includes a reprise and additions in the vocal line; also extra Purcell music which in the opera follows the aria. Commercial CD

79b. Realisation. Chopin Op.10

79c. Hoagy Carmichael arrangement, "Bread & Gravy"

80. Quartet for Four Bassoons (or other bass instruments)

81. Sonate Symphonique for solo Organ

82. Three Carols: 1. I Saw a Fair Mayden for SATB and organ (two descants optional) [ACS] 2. Creator Lord for SATB (a cappella) or SATB and organ (or piano) 3. Jesu Holy Child for SATB and organ or SATB (a cappella) or unison voices and organ (or piano) [see Op.20i]

83a. A Green Pleasant Land for Voice and Recorder (or flute). 12 Songs: Foreword Afterword & Interlude (Poems by Richard Stoker)

83b. Partita for Solo Oboe and Cor Anglais

84. Momento Mary Magdalen for Recorder (or Flute) & String Quartet (or string orchestra or small chamber orchestra). [Part of my Flute Concerto coming soon]

85. A Garrick Round (or Canon 4 in 1). Four voices, a cappella, or with piano accompaniment.

86. Sonata for Solo Flute (doubling alto flute and piccolo)

87. Chorale Prelude No.3 for Organ

88. Asanas - Three Pieces for Saxophone (or clarinet) and Marimba (or two saxophones and two clarinets) and marimba

89. Sonatina for saxophone and marimba (or piano)

90. Concerto for Recorder or Flute and String Quartet or String Orchestra or Chamber orchestra, including percussion etc

91. Music for Six Indian Films








Music Publishers:-


Peters, Oxford University Press, Novello & Co., G. Ricordi & Co. Ltd., Chesham; Boosey & Hawkes; Chappell/Warner; Doblinger; Breitkopf, Fentone Music Ltd., Berben, Corby, Northamptonshire; Associated Board Edition, 14 Bedford Square, London WC1 3JG; MCA/Leeds Music, 14 Piccadilly, London W1; Oecumuse; Barry Brunton.



Words Without Music (poetry) 1st edition, Leicester, Golden Eagle Press (1967) Further editions, 1974, 1980

Portrait of a Town (1974)

Strolling Players (1978)

Open Window, Open Door (autobiography), London and New York, Regency Press (1985)

Diva A Novel And Collected Short Stories, London, Minerva Press (1992)

Collected Short Stories (1993)

Between The Lines (1991)

Tanglewood (Braunton, Devon, Merlin Books (1990) Other edition, 1993


Screened: Take Five (1981)


Harry Halleluyah (with Hon Dominick Browne)


Bennett in Baltimore in Composer, 1971

Recollections of Genius (on Nadia Boulanger) in Books and Bookmen, January 1977

Dedicated Artist, in Records and Recording, October 1978

Nature, Purpose and Destiny in Records and Recording, January 1979

Player's Viewpoint in Records and Recording, July 1979

The First Six Years in Records and Recording, August 1979

One Man and Many in Composer, Winter, 1984

Compositions of a Marathon Man in The Guardian, 29 November 1989




Richard Stoker A Contemporary Composer in CODA, p.6.

"All shook up by a sheikh" in Western Morning News, Plymouth, 16 October 1993. Review of Richard Stoker's children's novel, "Tanglewood"




Buxton, 1961, 1962

Harlow, 1965, 1967 and 1968

Camden, 1965, 1967

Farnham, 1964, 1965

St Pancras, 1965

Cheltenham, 1966, 1970, 1973 and 1981

Denmark, 1980