Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Debbie Wiseman teases Windsor’s ‘spectacular’ celebrations | Music | Entertainment
Next year, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her record-breaking Platinum Jubilee after 70 years on the British throne. And while the central events will take place on a bank holiday weekend in June 2022, there will be more throughout the year. And now, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, songwriter Debbie Wiseman OBE has teased a ‘spectacular’ event in Windsor in May.
Wiseman was previously one of 11 composers chosen to write the music for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.
While she was also tasked with composing the opening and closing music for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration in 2016.
And now it turns out he’s been asked to work on some of next year’s events for the jubilee.
The 58-year-old told us, “Well, absolutely platinum jubilee. There’s going to be a celebration in Windsor in May of next year for that.
Now, as the monarch celebrates her official 95th birthday on Saturday, Wiseman is releasing a new soundtrack album of her classic compositions titled The Music of Kings and Queens. The disc also contains narrations from Dame Helen Mirren and Damian Lewis OBE, both of whom have portrayed British monarchs on screen.
As the music tells the story of Great Britain through 12 of our former monarchs who were selected by Simon Brooks-Ward, director of The Royal Windsor.
He suggested kings and queens be included on the record and wrote the introductions for each for Lady Helen and Damian to tell about, while Debbie composed each piece, capturing the essence of the historical figures.
The 12 monarchs included on the album are William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles II, Anne, George II, George III, Victoria, Edward VII, George VI and, of course, Elizabeth II.
Wiseman also shared how Simon chose the 12 that he considered the most colorful and interesting, and that could be more exciting to write music for.
She said: “What’s great is that 12 he chose were so completely varied and different from each other, so we didn’t have two that were very similar in the story.
“He told me about each of the things I didn’t necessarily know, with notes on their characters, whether they were imposing, flamboyant, powerful or intimidating.
“Then I would write the music that would suggest that particular monarch while reflecting on what he had written and the ideas behind it; trying to find a musical character for everyone really.
The Music of Kings and Queens is out now and can be ordered here.