Junior Trinity alumnus composes for the Queen
Acclaimed film and TV composer, and Junior Trinity alumnus,
Debbie Wiseman MBE is one of eleven composers chosen to
compose new "Water Music" for the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee
Pageant on 3 June.
Inspired by the titles of Handel's original Water Music, this
new suite of music will be performed for the first time by an
ensemble of 19 musicians on a barge which is part of the 1000-boat
flotilla travelling from Putney to Tower Bridge to celebrate the
Jubilee. The flotilla will be a highlight of the pageant,
with over a million spectators watching from the
riverbanks, and an expected global televised audience of millions.
Debbie will accompany the barge and conduct her own piece.
Debbie said during an interview with Gramophone
magazine: "With my fellow composers, we hope to create
something that's truly memorable. When Handel's Water Music was
commissioned for George I, he liked it so much, he asked for it to
be performed three times. We're going to be performing the suite
twice, but it would be lovely if the Queen asked to hear it a third
In his review of Debbie's solo album, Piano Stories,
released September 2011, David Ades writes:
"Not only is she a gifted composer, but she is also an
accomplished arranger and conductor, as well as being a fine
pianist… her piano conveys such emotional feelings, both tender and
sometimes quite strong, and her beautiful playing will surely touch
everyone who hears it."