In conversation with Debbie Wiseman OBE
One of the UK’s most successful female music ambassadors, Debbie is in demand as a composer and conductor. With over 200 credits for both big and small screen, you have almost certainly heard one of her scores. Debbie is Classic FM’s Composer in Residence. Her album The Glorious Garden, a collaboration with Alan Titchmarsh, topped the UK Classical Chart for three weeks and her most recent release, The Mythos Suite, a collaboration with Stephen Fry, went straight to number 1 in the UK Classical Chart. In 2018 Debbie was appointed OBE for services to music.
Join us as our own Maurice Selwyn talks to Debbie about her incredible career. Debbie will be at her piano and will be happy to answer your questions.
About Debbie Wiseman
“People who wouldn’t go to a classical concert, listen to a film score and they’re hearing a symphony orchestra playing a classical score.”
Debbie has been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards and has won other industry awards for her work on The Good Guys, Warriors and Wolf Hall, in addition to the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Gold Badge of Merit. She was one of eleven composers chosen to compose music for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, and was also commissioned to compose the Overture and Finale music for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in 2016.
Debbie’s appeal is wide, from her regular presence on Radio 3, Radio 4 and Classic FM to her work as a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and her masterclasses to schools and colleges about the art of composing music for picture. She has composed a new “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” called “Different Voices”, and the work is now frequently performed by school and youth orchestras across the country.
As well as her composing work, Debbie appears in concert halls across the country conducting her film scores, and has been a regular guest conductor at the Royal Albert Hall’s annual Filmharmonic concert as well as appearing at the 2014 Cordoba International Cinema Music Festival, becoming the first female conductor in the history of the event. She has also appeared as an expert guest on the BBC broadcasts of The Proms.