Herbert Wiseman

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Herbert Wiseman was the BBC's Scottish Music Director from 1946.

Early life

Herbert Wiseman was born in Bucksburn, Aberdeenshire, a son of the Very Rev. Dean Wiseman of Aberdeen.

He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, Aberdeen University, and the Royal College of Music, London, where he was a pupil of Sir Walter Parratt, Sir Charles Stanford, and Dr Charles Wood.

His first job was as music master at Madras College, St Andrews.

During the Great War he was commissioned in the Royal Artillery, being demobilised in 1919.

He was appointed Director of Music to the Education Committee of Edinburgh Corporation in 1920.

Wiseman was one of the originators of the children's concerts in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, and of the St Andrews Summer School of Music. In 1929 and 1930 he was invited to lecture on conducting and music education in Europe at the summer session of the Columbia University in New York.

BBC career

Herbert Wiseman had been broadcasting since the 1920s and his voice was well-known to millions.

At the turn of 1946 he succeeded Ian Whyte as the BBC's Scottish Music Director; Whyte devoting his whole time to conducting the BBC Scottish Orchestra and to creative activities.[1]


  1. 'Director of music in Scotland', Glasgow Herald, 5 December 1945, 3.