Alumnus composes Wolf Hall music


Junior Trinity alumnus and award winning composer Debbie Wiseman MBE joined Charlotte Green’s Culture Club on Classic FM (Sunday 25 January 2015) to talk about her latest project, the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's award winning historical novel, Wolf Hall.

With a cast including Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, the six part series presents an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIIIs chief minister and confidante.

In her sixth collaboration with BAFTA Award winning director Peter Kosminsky, Debbie has created a highly original score mixing Tudor instruments with modern to create the austere and vivid musical atmosphere of the time.

Debbie says: "It's a huge privilege to have been asked to create the score for the drama adaptation of Hilary Mantel''s stunning novels. My aim was to create a musical world inspired by the vitality and elegance of the novels, and the vivid screenplay by Peter Straughan. Peter Kosminsky's powerful visual adaptation and Mark Rylance's mesmerising performance as Thomas Cromwell have been a huge inspiration throughout the composing process."

Debbie is one of Britain’s most successful female music ambassadors as a composer, conductor and presenter. With over 200 credits in TV and film, composing highlights include A Poet in New York, The Promise and the Ivor Novello Award nominated Wilde.

Junior Trinity is a Saturday School for 3-19 year olds. It was the first Junior Department of a UK Conservatoire to open its doors to schoolchildren on Saturdays in 1906. Since then thousands of young people have benefited from the opportunities to make music as individuals and in a wide variety of small and large ensembles.

Picture credit Martyn Goddard