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.
2016 British Composer Awards
Cecilia McDowall has been shortlisted with Sir James MacMillan and Roderick Williams in the Choral category of the 2016 British Composer Awards. The winners in each category will be announced at the British Film Institute (BFI) on Tuesday 6 December 2016.
In 2014 Cecilia McDowall won the British Composer Award - Choral category - with 'Night Flight', for SSATB and cello solo.
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The BBC Singers present a new piece each day in December. On Day 4 they sing McDowall's 'Ave Maria' at this link:
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