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

  • 30 Apr.  St Paul's Cathedral, UK
  • 4 May,   Dundee, Scotland
  • 4 May,   New Mexico, US
  • 6 May,   Sweden
  • 6 May,   Greenwich, UK
  • 13 May  Oxford, UK
  • 15 May  London, UK
  • 17 May  National Gallery, London, UK
  • 19 May  London, UK
  • 20 May, Virginia, US
  • 20 May, Guildford Cathedral, UK
  • 21 May  South Bank Centre, London, UK
  • 1 June   St Martin-in-the-Fields, UK
  • 3 June   Wycombe Festival, UK
  • 9 June   Bristol, UK
  • 14 June  Ullverston, UK
  • 30 June  St Albans, UK
  • 30 June  St Albans, UK
  • 30 June  Huddrsfield, UK

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Easter Day Service from Sheffield Cathedral on BBC 1

On 1 April the Cathedral Choir, directed by Thomas Corns, sang McDowall's 'Easter Light' (a setting of Angier Brock's evocative text), accompanied by organist James Kealey. On BBC iPlayer:


BBC Radio 3 on 25 March

Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces Dvoƙák in jubilant mood in his setting of Psalm 149, the Egidius Kwartet offer Schubert at his most charming and flirtatious, plus a gently uplifting hymn to Motherhood from British composer Cecilia McDowall. 


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