30 June to 3 July 2022

Celebrating the centenary of Doreen Carwithen, the UK’s first female film composer, in the village of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, her birthplace.

The “Carwithen Music Festival” will be the celebration of Doreen Carwithen’s centenary, through her music, in the village of Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, where she was born. It will also explore the connections between Doreen and other male/female composers of the time alongside her lasting legacy.

The festival will be based on the idea of “Carwithen Connections”, where almost every piece of music performed will have some connection with Doreen or her family. A total of SIX concerts will be performed.

A blue plaque will be unveiled on the birthplace, by Debbie Wiseman OBE, president of the festival and one of the UK’s leading female film composers. The plaque will be funded by a local charity as a legacy of the festival.

An educational project will run in Haddenham’s 3 schools leading up to the festival in the form of a film music project, based on the story of Robin Hood, to tie in with Doreen’s score to Men of Sherwood Forest.

The festival will reflect different facets of Doreen’s career, from becoming the world’s first full-time female film composer to being the only female played at the BBC Proms in 1948.


Click here for further information on the Doreen Carwithen Festival


Haddenham Screen, the village’s community cinema, will be showing two films featuring Doreen Carwithen’s scores.


Three Cases of Murder (PG)

Thursday June 30th 2022 at 7.30pm

(St Mary’s Church)

Enjoy this dark triptych masterpiece released in 1955.

Starring Orson Welles, Ande Morrell and Alan Badel with a fantastic, atmospheric score by Doreen Carwithen.


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Men of Sherwood Forest (U)

Saturday 2nd July matinee at 2.30pm

(Haddenham Methodist Church)

A little known re-telling of the Robin Hood legend.

Starring Don Taylor and Reginald Beckwith in jaunty mood, off set by Doreen Carwithen’s greatest film score.


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