Cecilia McDowall is another of the new generation of highly communicative musicians who favours writing which, without being in any way facile, is brightly cogent, freshly witty and expressive in its own right.
She constantly tweaks the ear with her range of spicy rhythms and colours then suddenly produces a highly atmospheric and grippingly expressive interlude which is just as compelling.
2014 British Composer Awards
Cecilia McDowall won the British Composer Award - Choral category - with 'Night Flight', for SSATB and cello solo.
2016 British Composer Awards
Cecilia McDowall was shortlisted in the Choral category with her Three Shakespeare Songs, 'When time is broke' performed by the BBC Singers, conductor David Hill.
Honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music 2017
Cecilia McDowall has been honoured as a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music for her outstanding contribution to church music.
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As part of the LFCCM Queen's choir will perform 'I know that my Redeemer liveth' at a lunchtime concert in Oxford, available on Queen's recent release on the Signum label:
The Choir of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music gives the first performance of McDowall's a cappella St Pancras Canticles on BBC Choral Evensong, Radio 3 at 3.30pm, conductor, Christopher Batchelor: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tp7r