Richard Stilgoe lives in Surrey (where he was born) and has five children and two grandchildren. As well as song writing, he runs The Orpheus Trust and is involved in many education projects- including the Stilgoe Saturday Concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and the National Foundation for Youth Music.
He was brought up in Liverpool, and progressed through St. Agnes Church Choir and the Cavern Club to the Cambridge Footlights. Several spells signing his songs in pubs and clubs led to appearances on the Today programme and the 1960’s and thence to nationwide and That’s Life, as well as several series of his own.
In 1982, Richard and Peter Skellern both appeared in the Royal Variety Performance. While standing star-struck in the wings watching Ethel Merman, each of the said, “We really ought to do something together sometime”. Nothing happened until 1984, when the Lord’s Taverners brought them together for what has become an enduring part-time double act. They have toured the United Kingdom many times, and conqured Australia, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Rome and Stockholm. 2006 saw the first of several farewell tours, and an appearance together at the Royal Variety Performance.
In 1998, he founded the Orpheus Centre, which provides opportunities for disabled people to take part in the performing arts. Its students now appear all over the country, including Millennium Dome, the Notting hill Carnival and the Glastonbury Festival and in 2006 they added Schools Proms to their impressive list of credits.
He has two Tony nominations, three Monte Carlo Prizes, a Prix Italia, an Honorary Doctorate and an O.B.E. His hobbies are achitecture (he owns and drives a Komatsu P.C 120 Digger), cricket, sailing and his family, none of whom told him he would be the subject of This Is Your Life.