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Doreen Carwithen (1922–2003), ARAM (Mrs Mary Alwyn)

© reproduced by kind permission of The William Alwyn Foundation. Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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Doreen Carwithen was a student at the Royal Academy of Music from 1941 to 1951, where she studied piano and composition, also becoming a sub-professor. She was one of the first British women to compose for film, having joined the J. Arthur Rank Apprenticeship Scheme in 1947 to study film music. She later married William Alwyn, with whom she worked. She served on the Composers' Guild of Great Britain.

Royal Academy of Music


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  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    35 x 31 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by the sitter, 2003


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