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.
'Night Flight', for SSATB and cello solo, wins the 2014 British Composer Award - Choral category.
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On 1 October Stabat Mater receives its Scottish premiere given by Leigh Melrose, baritone, the new Festival Chorus, Genesis Sixteen, NYOS and the RSNO Junior Chorus, conducted by Eamonn Dougan.
On 30 September The Sixteen release a new CD (Coro) which includes Now may we singen.
On 28 October St John's release a Christmas CD on the Hyperion label including O Oriens