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Debbie Wiseman - composer for film and television

Debbie Wiseman - Wilde soundtrack CD cover Debbie Wiseman started to show her musical skills from an early age and began piano lessons at age 7. As well as her normal schooling she attended a Saturday class for gifted children at the Trinity College of Music. After leaving school she studied both piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following a spell playing for weddings and other functions, she was able to make a break on a documentary TV programme. Debbie Wiseman has been making her musical talents heard on British television shows ever since, from her work on "Timewatch" and "My Uncle Silas" to dramatic mini-series such as "The Churchills" and "P.O.W.".

Debbie Wiseman - photo With increasing frequency the composer's music can now be found on the big screen (with films such as "Tom & Viv", "Wilde", "Arsène Lupin" and "Lesbian Vampire Killers"), though it is still on British Television that you will find the majority of her work with shows like "Judge John Deed" and "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries". Wiseman also presented the series "Backtracks". In terms of style, Wiseman is prepared to experiment with modern rhythm tracks and electronics but seems most at home with classical orchestral forces, with her scores possessing a melodic heart. She has won critical acclaim for her classically-centred and often very moving score to "Wilde" starring Vanessa Redgrave and with Stephen Fry playing the title role. The association has been retained through her music for an audio book of "Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales" narrated by Vanessa Redgrave and Stephen Fry, which includes "The Nightingale and the Rose" and "The Selfish Giant".

Debbie Wiseman - The Promise soundtrack CD cover Debbie Wiseman was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Honours List in 2004 and since then has been very busy indeed. In 2005 she scored the films "Arsène Lupin" and "The Truth about Love", and conducted some of her music at the "Filmharmonic" Benefit Concert in the Royal Albert Hall, and she also appeared on TV commentating on the Youth Concert given by an orchestra comprising of students from London's Royal Academy of Music and NewYork's Juilliard School. Wiseman's own official website is at www.debbiewiseman.co.uk. The mini series The Promise saw Wiseman once more collaborating with acclaimed director Peter Kosminsky for a very human drama set in the Middle East.

Debbie Wiseman - Piano Stories album CD cover A soundtrack album of music from the series "Land Girls" has just been released this April 2011. This contains several period songs and big band tracks, the series theme song composed by Wiseman with lyrics by Don Black, and selections of Wiseman's pastoral music for the series. The album can be found at this link from Amazon.co.uk. This Youtube Video shows Debbie Wiseman introducing her new album "Piano Stories", and here is the composer talking about it on BBC Breakfast TV. For the album the composer herself plays paino arrangements of many of her themes for television and cinema. The album is available at these links Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com, and there is also corresponding piano sheet music at Musicroom.com. Having previously contributed music for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant in 2012, Wiseman has more recently composed tracks for the Queen's 90th Birthday tribute in 2016. These will be included on an album conducted by the composer alongside various classical tracks with patriotic and regal associations - see this link at Amazon.co.uk.

A new concept album called "The Glorious Garden" features poems by TV Gardner Alan Titchmarsh and music by Debbie Wiseman, the tracks alternating Titchmarsh's poetry reading with Wiseman's musical depiction of the same flower. More about the album can be found at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Films by Debbie Wiseman:

    Debbie Wiseman - Lighthouse soundtrack CD cover
  • Tom & Viv
  • Haunted - with a hauntingly beautiful main theme
  • Female Perversions
  • Lighthouse
  • Wilde - the film about Oscar Wilde often featuring the cello as a solo instrument
  • Tom's Midnight Garden
  • Before You Go - sensitive treatment of death and relationship problems with some comic elements
  • Arsène Lupin - French-made film based on a set of the novels by Maurice Leblanc, we've not seen the film but small clips from the soundtrack are dark, gothic and quirky
  • The Truth about Love
  • Middletown
  • Flood
  • Lesbian Vampire Killers (called just "Vampire Killers" in some countries) - thanks to director Phil Claydon's love of big orchestral scores, Debbie Wiseman was able to produce a full-on symphonic score in the horror tradition with a sprinkling of other genres, including comedy and romance!
  • Lost Christmas
  • Bastards
  • Archie - scored by composer Thomas Gordon-Colebrooke, but the theme music is by Wiseman
  • The Witching Hour
  • Edie - Shiela Hancock plays Edie who is decides to climb the hill Suilven in Scotland's Assynt region

Television work by Debbie Wiseman:

    Debbie Wiseman - Something Here collection CD cover
  • Timewatch - some early work on this long-running BBC series
  • The Upper Hand
  • The House that Mary Bought
  • The Churchills - mini-series
  • Auntie: The Inside Story of the BBC - TV mini-series
  • Lemurs - the programme presented by John Cleese
  • Warriors - a war drama
  • Shrinks
  • My Uncle Silas
  • Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale
  • Judge John Deed - the highly successful series with Martin Shaw in the title role
  • Debbie Wiseman - Land Girls soundtrack CD cover
  • Egypt's Golden Empire - mini series
  • P.O.W. - TV drama series
  • The Private Life of Samuel Pepys
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
  • Jekyll - the BBC series set in modern times, starring James Nesbitt in the twin roles
  • Stephen Fry in America - working with Stephen Fry yet again for this documentary series
  • Land Girls - drama series set during WWII when many woman served their country by working on farms
  • New Europe
  • The Passion
  • Debbie Wiseman - Wolf Hall soundtrack CD cover
  • Martin Clunes: Horsepower
  • Joanna Lumley's Nile
  • The Promise - Wiseman partnering again with director Peter Kosminsky for his latest drama
  • Fry's Planet Word - and again on another Stephen Fry series
  • Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey - Joanna Lumley returns to present another documentary series in her very personal style
  • Father Brown - new BBC drama series starring Mark Williams as the detective priest
  • Wolf Hall - based on Booker Prize-winning novel by Hilary Mantel about Thomas Cromwell, the detached string accompaniment makes the series' theme suitably angular
  • Dickensian
  • The Coroner
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators

Debbie Wiseman Recommendations:

The following soundtracks are available on CD:

Debbie Wiseman - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Debbie Wiseman. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click on any thumbnail to see a full size version of the image in a separate window.

Debbie Wiseman: Arsène Lupin - signed CD Debbie Wiseman: Flood - signed CD Debbie Wiseman: Haunted - signed CD Debbie Wiseman: Lesbian Vampire Killers - signed CD Debbie Wiseman: Piano Stories - signed CD Debbie Wiseman: Tom & Viv - signed CD Debbie Wiseman: Tom's Midnight Garden - signed CD Debbie Wiseman: Warriors - signed CD