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.
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Before the paling of the stars
Cecilia McDowall was been shortlisted for the 2013 British Composer Awards for a sixth time with the O Antiphon, O Oriens commissioned by the Choir of Merton College Chapel, Oxford