Debbie Wiseman conducts the Royal Philharmonic for charity


Award-winning composer Debbie Wiseman has taken time out from composing for television and the media to conduct for a more charitable cause.

Next month, Mrs Wiseman, who has scored over 200 film and TV productions, including the current BBC1 series Land Girls, will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a gala concert for the Breast Cancer Campaign at London’s Cadogan Hall.

The concert, which features guest appearances from Maureen Lipman, George Layton and Cherie Lunghi, is being presented by Classic FM’s Simon Bates and marks the end of October’s Breast Awareness month.

Mrs Wiseman, 46, tells People: “We have chosen a good cross section of beautiful, lyrical music as well as some really joyful stuff. We want people to leave feeling uplifted and having contributed to charity.”

She has also composed a new song for the evening with Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black. “I know people who have suffered from breast cancer so it is incredibly close to home. It seems that almost everyone knows someone with the disease.”

Mrs Wiseman, who received an MBE for services to the film industry in 2004, is one of the country’s most prolific composers. Her score for Wilde was voted into the Classic FM Poll of the “150 Greatest Movie Soundtracks Ever”. She is currently writing the music for Joanna Lumley’s television documentary on the Nile.

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