Making Music, the UK national organisation supporting leisure-time music, has announced the appointment of composer and conductor Debbie Wiseman OBE as its first female President.
Awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, Wiseman 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.
Music speaks to each and every one of us, across all genres and abilities
As well as her composing work, she 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 and her ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, Different Voices, is now frequently performed by school and youth orchestras across the country.
Debbie Wiseman said:
‘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!’