Tag Archives: Doreen Carwithen

It’s been quite a year…

Unfortunately since publishing this post the Last Night of the Proms has been cancelled due to recent events. …for composer, Doreen Carwithen. Born November 15th 1922, there have been a series of events throughout the year to mark her centenary. … Continue reading

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Old friends

I was just about to start writing this blog post, when I was completely surprised by one of my best friends from university turning up unexpectedly at the UL. We hadn’t seen each other for some time, and it’s been…(rather … Continue reading

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And a very happy centenary…

It’s not every year that you go to a blue plaque unveiling. My last was almost exactly 4 years ago, when I went to Salisbury to attend the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the composer, John Marsh, following … Continue reading

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A composer, a coronation, and a race to the cinema

In 1953, Doreen Carwithen was a young up-and-coming composer. She had been the first person to be awarded a J. Arthur Rank film scholarship, and now had a busy career. As well as writing film scores, she continued to write … Continue reading

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A leave-taking

A few weeks ago I was at the wonderful Alwyn Music Festival, which takes place in deepest Suffolk, annually at the beginning of October. The William Alwyn Music Festival, as it was originally called, was set up by the William … Continue reading

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Yes, she can…

Browsing through the Doreen Carwithen Archive the other day, I came across a selection of popular magazines from the mid-’40s-’50s, all of which featured Doreen. As a young woman composing in what was then very largely a man’s world, she … Continue reading

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For education, entertainment, and inspiration : the world of documentary film

The summer of 2015 marks 70 years since the first atom bomb test took place at the Trinity site in the deserts of New Mexico, followed within a few weeks by the bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thinking … Continue reading

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At the event: The William Alwyn Festival

Last weekend I travelled down to Suffolk for the William Alwyn Festival situated in and around Southwold. The Festival is now in its fourth year. As well as promoting the work of Alwyn himself, the Festival concentrates on the work of … Continue reading

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Writing for the movies

Among the UL’s music collections are a number of manuscript film scores. These include items in the archives of : Arthur Bliss, Roberto Gerhard, William Alwyn, and Doreen Carwithen. William Alwyn, in particular, was a prolific composer of movie scores. … Continue reading

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