The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: ‘Spectacular’ Windsor celebrations planned

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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.

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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.”

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.

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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.

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“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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