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

  • 10 June  Nottingham, UK
  • 10 June  Philadelphia, UK
  • 14 June  Ullverston, UK
  • 14 June  Oxford, UK
  • 16 June, Dorking, UK
  • 21 June  Chicago, US
  • 23 June  Hampshire, UK
  • 28 June  Wisconsin, US
  • 30 June  St Albans, UK
  • 30 June  St Albans, UK
  • 30 June  Huddrsfield, UK
  • 3 July     Kansas City, US
  • 5 July     Cheltenham, UK
  • 7 July     Aylesbury, UK
  • 7 July.    Oxford, UK
  • 7 July,    Kent, UK
  • 7 July     Englefield Green, UK
  • 12 July   London, UK
  • 14 July   Ely Cathedral, UK
  • 14 July   London, UK
  • 15 July   Kent, UK
  • 18 July   Perivale, UK
  • 1 Aug,    Devon, UK
  • 4 Aug,    Hereford Cathedral, UK
  • 10 Aug,  Birmingham, UK
  • 20 Aug,  Orlando, Florida, US
  • 27 Aug,  Presteigne, UK
  • 21 Sept, BBC Singers, UK

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Organ premiere at the AGO  in Kansas City

On 3 July renowned Notre Dame Cathedral organist, Vincent Dubois, gives the premiere of McDowall's O Antiphon Sequence at St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

National Children's Choir premiere

The NCCGB will give the premiere of Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo at Birmingham Town Hall with Harriet Mackenzie, violin, Claire Dunham, piano and Dan Ludford-Thoms, conductor 

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