The Music of Kings & Queens: Classic FM tease new album
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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 over a bank holiday weekend in June 2022, there will be more taking place throughout the year. And now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, composer Debbie Wiseman OBE has teased a “spectacular” event at Windsor in May.
Wiseman was previously one of 11 composers chosen to write music for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.
While she was also commissioned to compose the Overture and Finale music for The Queen 90th birthday celebration in 2016.
And now it turns out she’s been asked to work on some of next year’s events for the jubilee.
The 58-year-old told us: “Well the Platinum Jubilee absolutely. There’s going to be a celebration at Windsor in May next year for that.”
Wiseman continued: “So that’s absolutely being organised at the moment and all sorts of exciting things will be happening there. It will be spectacular.”
Asked if her Elizabeth II classical piece will feature at the Platinum Jubilee, she replied: “I would hope so yes. We haven’t nailed down the repertoire.
“We’re having various meetings all the time about how music’s going to unfold during the Pageant. And there’s a lot to fit in, so we haven’t got to that stage yet.
“We probably won’t be finalising the repertoire and the exact running order of the music and all that detail until next year.”
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Wiseman added: “So there’s a little bit of time as it’s not until May next year.
“But I hope so, because it was played at her 90th birthday, it’s on [my new] album now and I sort of see it as one of the main themes for these events.
“It feels like it’s…not exactly a theme tune but it’s heading in that direction!”
As for The Queen’s 100th birthday in 2026, she said: “And who knows after that? It just gets more and more exciting as you get towards the 100th don’t you think? So we’ll see what happens.”
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Now, as the monarch marks her 95th official birthday on Saturday, Wiseman is releasing a new soundtrack album of her classical compositions called The Music of Kings and Queens. The record also features narrations by Dame Helen Mirren and Damian Lewis OBE, who have both portrayed British monarchs for the screen.
While the music tells the story of Great Britain through 12 of our past monarchs that were selected by Simon Brooks-Ward, Director of The Royal Windsor show.
He suggested the Kings and Queens included on the record and wrote introductions of each one for Dame Helen and Damian to narrate, 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.
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Wiseman also shared how Simon chose the 12 that he felt were the most colourful and interesting and that might be more exciting to write music for.
She said: “What’s great is that 12 that he chose were so completely varied and different from one another so we didn’t have two that were very similar in story.
“He would tell me things about each one that I didn’t necessarily know, with notes about their characters, whether imposing, flamboyant, powerful or intimidating.
“Then I would write the music that would suggest that particular monarch while thinking about what he had written and the ideas behind it; trying to find a musical character for each one really.”
The Music of Kings and Queens is out now and can be ordered here.
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