Debbie Wiseman graduated from the Guildhall School of Music, London, where she studied composition with Buxton Orr and the piano with James Gibb. Though she also composes concert and electro-acoustic music, she is best known for her television and film scores. She has been nominated for numerous awards and in 1993 won the TRIC TV Theme Music of the Year award for The Good Guys. She has been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards for her scores for
Wilde and Death of Yugoslavia, and won a Royal Television Society award for Warriors. Her album of music to accompany the fairy
stories of Oscar Wilde was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her work has been featured in radio and television programmes on music for the media, and she has contributed to educational programmes on this subject. In 1995 she was appointed visiting professor of film composition at the Royal College of Music. In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Trinity College of Music and the following year a Fellowship of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Wiseman is drawn to writing descriptive music and adept at matching dramatic situations with appropriate sound worlds. Several scores provide an emotional subtext, for instance in the feature films Tom and Viv and Haunted. Her many memorable themes and signature tunes are the product of a strong sense of melodic line.
Wiseman was awarded an MBE in the 2004 New Years Honours List for services to the film industry and was the winner of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Gold Badge Award in 2007.
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