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. The RSCM Celebration Day service and ceremony took place in Canterbury Cathedral on 14 October, 2017 

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Concert Dates

  • 11 Mar,  Illinois, US  
  • 11 Mar,  Kent, UK
  • 14 Mar,  BBC Choral Evensong
  • 14 Mar,  Bristol, UK
  • 16 Mar,  Guildford Cathedral, UK
  • 16 Mar,  Sweden
  • 17 Mar,  Bramley, Surrey, UK
  • 17 Mar,  Basingstoke, UK
  • 17 Mar,  Sweden
  • 18 Mar,  Canterbury, UK
  • 18 Mar,  BBC Choral Evensong
  • 18 Mar,  Wisconsin, US
  • 18 Mar,  Sweden
  • 22 Mar,  JAM, London, UK
  • 24 Mar,  Stevenage, UK
  • 24 Mar,  London, UK
  • 30 Mar,  Wells Cathedral, UK
  • 31 Mar,  Tennessee, US
  • 1 Apr.    Tennessee, US
  • 1 Apr.    BBC 1
  • 8 Apr     Oxford, UK
  • 8 Apr.    St Paul's Cathedral, UK
  • 13 Apr,  Nottingham, UK

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Choral Evensong at Trinity College, Cambridge

On 12/26 October and 7/16/21 November the Trinity College Choir, Cambridge, conductor, Stephen Layton, feature five of Cecilia McDowall's anthems. Also Vaughan Williams, Duruflé and Jo Marsh this Michaelmas Term. Choral Evensong will be webcast live and can be 'listened again' at: 


New chamber music CD to be released on 17 November

On November 17 Deux-Elles release a CD of McDowall's chamber music (Colour of Blossoms) recorded by Trio Derazy (formerly the Jørgensen  Trio) 

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