Highgate composer’s work to be performed for Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations

PUBLISHED: 11:31 13 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:31 13 May 2016

Highgate composer Debbie Wiseman

Highgate composer Debbie Wiseman


A Highgate composer’s work will be performed at to the Queen at Windsor Castle at the weekend, to mark the Monarch’s 90th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the traditional CHOGM dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard, Malta.Queen Elizabeth II attends the traditional CHOGM dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard, Malta.

Debbie Wiseman MBE, Classic FM’s composer in residence, will be performed live at the event, which runs until Sunday.

Ms Wiseman said: “I feel hugely honoured and hugely privileged to have had the opportunity to write something for an occasion like this.

“Just to be living at the time of our longest serving monarch is celebrating this landmark birthday is lovely.

“To actually be a part of it has been very special and something I’ll treasure.”

More than 900 horses and 1,500 participants from around the world will perform alongside artists such as Dame Shirley Bassey and Andre Botticelli.

Ms Wiseman said: “The idea was for the music to reflect all the different aspects of the Queen and her social engagements. So we have the excitement of Royal Ascot, the tradition of Sandringham, the peaceful retreat of Balmoral and the grace and ceremony of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.”

The Queen is due to attend on Sunday and Ms Wiseman, who was awarded an MBE in 2004, is looking forward to meeting with Her Majesty.

Ms Wiseman added: “The Queen was given a CD of the music from the event on her birthday in April, so I’m hoping to ask her what she thought of it on Sunday.”

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, an album of Ms Wiseman’s music composed for the event, is released today and a donation from each one sold will go to The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain, a charity which helps musicians in need, of which the Queen is patron.

Ms Wiseman said: “I hope people enjoy the celebration and want to take away a memory of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

“For me the album is a lovely souvenir, a memory of a fantastic occasion.”

The celebration will be broadcast live on ITV in a two-hour programme Sunday night.

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