Val Wiseman

Location: Twickenham, West London
About The Speaker...

My 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. My 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. I have twice been recognised as Best British Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards.

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.

Fee:

My fee is £145.00.

Expenses outside Richmond Borough and Greater London subject to negotiation.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

020 8744 3915

The Joys of Jazz Singing

Public Speaker Val Wiseman from Middlesex presents her talk The Jpus of Jazz Singing.

My talk reveals early influences and aspirations as a young girl growing up in the Midlands in a post war Britain – discovering at the age of 18 that I ‘had a voice’ – my move to ‘swinging sixties London’ to pursue my dreams and the ups and downs that followed, with many laughs and drama along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

Val in duet with George Melly.

The Brontë Legacy

Public Speaker and singer Val Wiseman talks about the Bronte sisters .

As a young schoolgirl I saw an early BBC adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s  Jane Eyre starring Daphne Slater in the title role and Stanley Baker as the charismatic Mr Rocheser. I was mesmerised and throughout my career as a jazz singer my enthusiasm for my work has been matched by my passion for the Brontë novels. I am an active member of the Brontë Society, organising events for London members and have written and produced an album of songs – Keeping the Flame Alive,  based on the characters in the novels. I perform a selection of these songs in this presentation.

 

Forties Sweethearts

Public Speaker Val Wiseman talks about Peggy Lee and other jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Anita O'Day.

Four female singers who captured the hearts of a nation to become household names worldwide.

Their stories are all different. Sometimes upbeat and positive – other times poignant and heart rending.

 

 

 

 

Peggy Lee pictured.

 

 

Val Wiseman Contact Details:
Phone:

020 8744 3915