Scoring the Pageant, with Debbie Wiseman OBE

One of the UK’s most successful music ambassadors, Debbie is in demand as a composer and conductor. Over the past 25 years, there are probably few people in the UK who have not heard one of Debbie’s film or television scores. Whether watching Stephen Fry bring Oscar Wilde to life on the big screen, hearing the latest political commentary on a Sunday morning with Andrew Marr, revelling in the Tudor world of Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall or marvelling as Mark Williams’s Father Brown solves another murder, audiences have revelled in Debbie’s iconic themes of beauty and passion, love and laughter.

Debbie has won a TRIC Award for The Good Guys and an RTS Award for Warriors, and has been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards for Wilde and Death of Yugoslavia. In 2016 she was awarded the Best Composer, Drama award for Wolf Hall at the RTS West Awards. She is also a regular presence on Radio 3 and 4, appearing as Kirsty Young’s castaway on Desert Island Discs, and as an expert guest on the BBC TV broadcasts of The Proms and on Classic FM in 2018 as presenter of Sounds and Sweet Airs, an exploration of the history of female composers.

Debbie was one of 11 composers chosen to write New Water Music for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012. She was also commissioned to compose the Overture and Finale music for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration in May 2016; and she is currently Classic FM’s Composer in Residence.

“I am delighted to have been handed this most enjoyable task of writing and gathering together the music for this celebration of the era of Queen Victoria, working once again with the highly skilled Production Team; and I am privileged to present it to you here at The Pageant. Alongside new arrangements of standards from Gilbert and Sullivan, and selections from the much-loved worlds of Music Hall and Oliver Twist, I have set my new compositions, written especially for this occasion, which I hope will help to recreate the atmosphere of the time, and, just for a while, bring the Victorian age back to life for us here in the grounds of Windsor Castle.”

This feature was first published in the 2019 Windsor Pageant programme, which you can download using the button below.

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