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

  • 5 Oct,     London, UK
  • 8 Oct,     Canterbury, UK
  • 8 Oct,     London, UK
  • 12 Oct,   Cambridge, UK
  • 13 Oct,   Truro, UK
  • 14 Oct,   Oxford, UK
  • 14 Oct,   Bordeaux, France
  • 15 Oct,   London, UK
  • 17 Oct,   Maison de la Radio, France
  • 18 Oct,   Bucks, UK
  • 18 Oct,   Maine, US
  • 22 Oct,   Virginia, US
  • 26 Oct,   Cambridge, UK
  • 27 Oct,   London, UK
  • 28 Oct,   Epsom, UK
  • 29 Oct,   North Carolina, US
  • 31 Oct,   London, UK
  • 7 Nov,    Cambridge, UK
  • 8 Nov,    London, UK
  • 10 Nov,  Witney, UK
  • 10 Nov,  Iffley, Oxon, UK
  • 11 Nov,  Oxford, UK
  • 11 Nov,  Hertford, UK
  • 12 Nov,  Philadelphia, US
  • 21 Nov,  Cambridge, UK
  • 21 Nov,  Cambridge, UK
  • 25 Nov,  London, UK
  • 28 Nov,  London, UK

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6 August, 2017  |  BBC Radio 3

On 6 August BBC Radio 3's presenter, James Jolly, broadcast 'Great Hills' on Sunday Morning. The link is active until 3 September:

27/28 August, 2017  Presteigne Festival

On Sunday, 27 August and on the following day the Sine Nomine International Touring Choir, conductor Sue Hollingworth, give the first performance of 'Love incorruptible' at the Presteigne Festival: 


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