About The Speaker...
Val Wiseman’s career began in the midlands and owes much to early influences in music and drama and the opportunity of singing with some of Britain’s legendary bandleaders such as Humphrey Lyttelton, Monty Sunshine and Kenny Baker. Her growing reputation led to a starring role in the Billie Holiday tribute show Lady Sings The Blues. The show and accompanying album won critical acclaim with television and concert appearances worldwide and for Val, an army of new fans. Her first solo album was released in 2003 to enthusiastic reviews and her work was rewarded when she was voted Best British Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards both in 2008 and 2011.
Val still tours with Lady Sings The Blues and stars in a variety of musical shows: Divas of Swing in tribute to her favourite singers: Sophisticated Lady featuring the Duke Ellington Songbook: Jazz Goes to the Movies, a review of film songs: S’Wonderful, a tribute to the music of George Gershwin and Swinging Down Memory Lane.
Returning to her early interest in musical theatre and drama, Val wrote and produced an album of songs: Keeping The Flame Alive, dedicated to her favourite novelists, the Brontës. These songs are now featured in her one woman show The Brontë Legacy.
About her presentations...
My one hour talks can be stand alone but are best illustrated with snatches of recorded work if the venue carries a PA system. I can also adjust the length of my talks to suit requirements.
My fee is £100.00.
Expenses outside Richmond Borough and Greater London subject to negotiation.