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 time!"
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."