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Donald Macleod talks to Debbie Wiseman about composing for the screen. They also shine the spotlight on some of her work for narrator and orchestra.

Donald Macleod talks to Debbie Wiseman about composing for the screen.

Debbie Wiseman has over two hundred credits for her music, ranging from television and film, to the concert hall and music for royal pageantry. Not only is she a multi-award winning composer, but also a pianist and conductor, often performing in and recording her own works. Wiseman also works as a Visiting Professor at a number of academic institutions including the Royal College of Music. As a composer for the concert hall, Wiseman has collaborated with Hayley Westenra, Stephen Fry, Nigel Havers, Vanessa Redgrave and Alan Titchmarsh. She has provided music for two royal anniversaries, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrated on the river Thames. Donald Macleod visits Debbie Wiseman at her home in London to discuss her long and varied career.

Today, Donald and Debbie discuss her approach to writing music for film and television. They talk about the joys and challenges of collaborating with directors and how music and storytelling work together. They also shine the spotlight on a different kind of musical narrative, in her work for narrator and orchestra, the Ugly Duckling.

Lighthouse (The Easiest Killing)
Studio Orchestra
Debbie Wiseman, conductor

The Promise (excerpts)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Debbie Wiseman, conductor

Warriors (excerpts)
Studio Singers and Orchestra
Debbie Wiseman, conductor

Edie (excerpts)
National Symphony Orchestra
Debbie Wiseman, conductor

The Ugly Duckling
Nigel Havers, narrator
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Debbie Wiseman, conductor

Produced by Luke Whitlock, for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Debbie Wiseman

    Lighthouse: The Easiest Killing

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • Silva America SSD1109.
    • Silva America.
    • 12.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    The Promise

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • Silva Screen SILCD1354.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 1.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    The Promise: Gaza

    Performer: George Hadjineophytou. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • Silva Screen SILCD1354.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 6.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    The Promise: Old Len

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • Silva Screen SILCD1354.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 22.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    Warriors: Arrival in Vitez

    Ensemble: Studio Singers and Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • BBC WMSF60192.
    • BBC.
    • 2.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    Warriors: Twelve Hours

    Performer: Debbie Wiseman.
    • BBC WMSF60192.
    • BBC.
    • 7.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    Warriors: Romeo and Juliet

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • BBC WMSF60192.
    • BBC.
    • 16.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    Edie: Training Day

    Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • Silva Screen SILCD1565.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 1.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    Edie: To Lochinver with Johnny

    Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • Silva Screen SILCD1565.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 2.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    Edie: Edie

    Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • Silva Screen SILCD1565.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 13.
  • Debbie Wiseman

    The Ugly Duckling

    Narrator: Nigel Havers. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Debbie Wiseman.
    • Silva Screen SILKD6035.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 13.

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