The Cinema Museum, London

An Evening with Debbie Wiseman

Sat 3 Mar 2012 @ 19:30 · Events

Debbie Wiseman with film set propsWe are delighted to welcome to the Cinema Museum the distinguished composer Debbie Wiseman MBE. She will be in conversation with Sir Sydney Samuelson, and will demonstrate her techniques of film composition at the piano.

Screenshot from Tom & Viv

Tom & Viv

Throughout the past 20 years, there are probably few people in the UK who have not heard one of Debbie Wiseman’s acclaimed film and TV themes. Whether it is watching Stephen Fry bring to life Oscar Wilde for the big screen, hearing the latest political commentary on a Sunday morning with Andrew Marr, or poring over T.S. Eliot’s love story in the Oscar-nominated Tom & Viv, she has given us iconic themes of beauty and passion, love and laughter.

Stephen Fry in Wilde


Debbie is one of the UK’s most prolific film and television composers, with over 200 film and TV credits. She has been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards, for Wilde and for the BBC documentary series The Death of Yugloslavia, and in 2007 she was awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters. Her album of music to accompany the fairy stories of Oscar Wilde was nominated for a Grammy Award and was then made into a trilogy of animated films ¬ Wilde Stories – for Channel 4. Other TV work includes music for the BBC’s Land Girls, Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Judge John Deed.

As well as her composing work, Debbie is a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, and also appears in concert halls across the country conducting her film scores. She is a regular guest at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual ‘Filmharmonic’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and in 2008 conducted the RPO in a sell-out concert of her film and TV scores at London’s Cadogan Hall.

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.

Sir Sydney Samuelson, son of the film pioneers G.B. Samuelson, has had a life working in film. A permanent Trustee and Fellow of BAFTA, he was also the first British Film Commissioner.

Cinema & Television History Research Centre logoThis is one of five Cine Sisters events being run in association with the Cinema & Television History (CATH) Research Centre at De Montfort University.

Doors open at 18.30 for a 19.30 start, and the event is expected to end at 22.00. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets & Pricing

Spring Season 2012 ticketing applies.