Debbie Wiseman MBE


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Debbie Wiseman is Classic FM's Composer in Residence. Over the past 25 years, there are probably few people in the UK who have not heard a theme from one of her films or TV shows. Her more than 200 credits include Flood, Warriors, Wilde, Land Girls, Joanna Lumley’s Nile, Tom & Viv, Arsene LupinWolf Hall and A Poet in New York.

Life and Music

  • Debbie Wiseman started composing music at the age of 8. She is one of the UK’s most successful female music ambassadors.
  • Debbie has been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards for Wilde and Death Of Yugoslavia, and has won a TRIC Award for The Good Guys and an RTS Award for Warriors. In 2007 she was awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
  • Her album of music to accompany the fairy stories of Oscar Wilde, on the Warner Classics and Jazz label, was nominated for a Grammy Award and was then made into a trilogy of animated films – Wilde Stories - for Channel 4. 
  • Debbie’s score for Wilde has frequently appeared in the Classic FM Hall of Fame.
  • In 2004, Debbie was honoured in the Queen's New Year's Honours list with an MBE for services to the music and film industry. 
  • She has been awarded Honorary Fellowships at both colleges where she studied, Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
  • She was named Classic FM's Composer in Residence in July 2015. Her role will include composing a major new work - a 12-movement Musical Zodiac.

Did you know?
Debbie Wiseman was one of nine composers to have been selected to write a new Water Music for the Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012.