Making Music is thrilled to announce that one of the UK’s most successful music ambassadors has been appointed as its first female President.
Throughout the last 20 years, there are probably few people in the UK who have not heard a theme from composer and conductor Debbie Wiseman. She has gifted film and television productions with iconic music, from Edie and Wolf Hall to The Andrew Marr Show and Stephen Fry in America, plus many more.
I'm honoured and excited to be taking on this important role as President of Making Music. The energising power and thrill of music - playing, singing, listening and enjoying - is an experience from which everyone should have the opportunity to benefit, whether at school, in the community, or in an amateur or professional capacity. Music is a universal language and it speaks to each and every one of us, across all genres and abilities. Making Music believe that it's vitally important to put music-making at the heart of our communities - as do I. As President I will help spread the word; and I look forward with great anticipation to much wonderful music-making - together!
Awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, Debbie is also a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, and regularly gives masterclasses to schools and colleges about the art of composing music for picture. Her ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, Different Voices, is now frequently performed by school and youth orchestras across the country.
As well as her composing work, Debbie appears in concert halls across the country conducting her film scores, and has been a regular guest conductor at the Royal Albert Hall’s annual Filmharmonic concert. She is also a regular presence on Radio 3 and 4.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list, June 2018 Debbie Wiseman was awarded the OBE for services to music.
Making Music Chief Executive Barbara Eifler says:
We are delighted and honoured that Debbie has agreed to be our next President, following in the footsteps of other composers in our 84-year history, including Peter Maxwell Davies and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Her work is familiar to millions and we hope with Debbie’s help to reach even more people and show them that making music is for everyone.