Val Wiseman

Location: Twickenham, West London
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.

Fee:

My fee is £100.00.

Expenses outside Richmond Borough and Greater London subject to negotiation.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

020 8744 3915

Britain's Got Talent!

Val Wiseman, singer, entertainer and public Speaker from Twickenham Middlesex talks about The Joys of Jazz Singing: From Talent Contest to Spotlight

My Dad recognised talent years before Simon Cowell!  Having patiently taught me to recite a poem off by heart, he entered me in a local talent contest. I recall his words of encouragement as he gently nudged me onto the stage and the look of horror on his face when I announced to the compere that I was going to dance! Round and round I skipped happily flapping my arms about with no idea of style or co-ordination. The audience responded with good natured laughter and cheers as I took my curtsy and for a few moments I was a star.  I loved it…. it was where I wanted to be…. I was four years old!

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.

 

 

Mad About the Brontës!

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

Charlotte Brontë’s  Jane Eyre and other novels written by her sisters Emily and Anne shocked the critics when they were published in 1847.  Attacking them as “brutal, coarse and wicked”  served only to increase the appetite of  a repressed Victorian  society to get their hands on a copy!

How did three young daughters of a Yorkshire clergyman come to write these tales of  love, jealousy and passion?

I currently organise events for Brontë fans in London and recently wrote and produced an album of songs in tribute to their lives and work which I now present in a one woman show!