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 21 November the Choir will premiere a new work, Cecilia, busy like a bee, to mark the Feast of St Cecilia in the Chapel of Royal Holloway University, Surrey.
15 November - BBC Singers 11.30pm
22 November - City of Canterbury Chamber Choir (The Choir)
29 November - BBC Advent Carol Service 3.00pm St John's, Cambridge