Instrumental

Anaphora (1998) for violin

  • Solo  |  violin
  • Duration: 5'
  • Gemini Publications
  • First performance January, 1998  |  Charles Mutter (vln)  |  London College of Music

Celebration (2016) for organ

  • Organ
  • Duration: 6.5'
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance July 2016 |  Dr David Price |  Guildhall, Porstmouth, UK
  • Celebration was written especially to accompany the academic procession and was performed on the mighty Guildhall organ by David Price (University Organist).

Church bells beyond the stars (2013) for organ

  • Organ
  • Duration: 5'
  • Oxford University Press
  • First performance 18 May 2013  |  John Kitchen  |  St Mary's Episocopal Cathedral
  • This is the third in a trilogy of organ works inspired by the metaphysical poet, George Herbert. This piece and the first of the three, Sounding heaven and earth, draw their titles from George Herbert's Prayer (I)

Colour is the Keyboard (2007) for piano

  • Piano solo
  • Duration: 5'
  • Gemini Publications
  • First performance 5 August 2007  |  Helen Reid  |  Dartington Hall
  • Programme note available

Four Piano Solos (1998-1999)

  • Piano
  • Duration: 16'
  • 1: Shades of Solace  |  2: Vespers in Venice  |  3: Pavane  |  4: Tapalteerie
  • Hunt Edition  |  Score cat no HE58
  • Shades of Solace
  • Vespers in Venice
  • Pavane
  • Tapsalteerie
  • Shades of Solace and Vespers in Venice are on the ATCL Recital syllabus of 2009 TrinityGuildhall Examinations
  • Recording: Vespers in Venice, Pavane, Tapalteerie on Piper's Dream Deux Elles label DXL 1033 See also: Shades of Solace, Vespers in Venice, Pavane, Tapsalteerie
  • Programme note available

O Antiphon Sequence (2018) NEW for organ

  • Organ
  • Duration: 15'
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists
  • First performance 3 July, 2018  |  Vincent Dubois  |  Kansas City, Missouri, US
  • Each of these seven O Antiphons is structured on one of the seven notes of the diatonic scale in a ‘circle of fifths’ formation and each movement is a response to a short extract of the O Antiphon text.

Pavane (1999) for piano

  • Piano
  • Duration: 3'
  • Hunt Edition  |  Score cat no HE58
  • Commissioned by Joan Crow
  • First performance 23 October, 1999  |  Robert Johnston (pf)  |  Oriel Chapel, Oxford
  • DXL 1033
  • Recording: Piper's Dream Deux Elles label DXL 1033
  • See also: Four Piano Solos, Shades of Solace, Vespers in Venice, Tapsalteerie

Shades of Solace (1999) for piano

  • Piano
  • Duration: 4'
  • Hunt Edition  |  Score cat no HE58
  • First performance January 1999  |  Philip Mead (pf)  |  London College of Music
  • Listen
  • See also: Four Piano Solos, Vespers in Venice, Pavane, Tapsalteerie

Sacred and hallowed fire (2013) for organ

  • Organ
  • Duration: 6.5'
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by Harrison & Harrison organ builders
  • First performance 24 March, 2013  |  Robert Quinney  |  Westminster Abbey
  • This is the second of a trilogy of works for organ by McDowall which draws from the poetry of George Herbert

Sounding heaven and earth (2010) for organ

  • Organ
  • Duration: 5'
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by London Festival of Contemporary Church Music
  • First performance 12 May, 2010  |  Léon Charles  |  St Pancras Church, London
  • Sounding heaven and earth is inspired by Prayer (1), a sonnet by the metaphysical poet, George Herbert.
  • Programme note available
  • Sounding heaven and earth

Tapsalteerie (1999) for piano

  • Piano
  • Duration: 5'
  • Hunt Edition  |  Score cat no HE58
  • Commissioned by Strathdee Music Club
  • First performance April, 1999  |  Philip Fowke (pf)  |  Aboyne, Scotland
  • DXL 1033
  • Recording: Piper's Dream Deux Elles label DXL 1033
  • See also: Four Piano Solos, Shades of Solace, Vespers in Venice, Pavane

Vespers in Venice (1998) for piano

  • Piano
  • Duration: 3'
  • Hunt Edition  |  Score cat no HE58
  • First performance March 1998  |  Robert Bell (pf)  |  London College of Music
  • DXL 1033
  • Recording: Piper's Dream Deux Elles label DXL 1033
  • See also: Four Piano Solos, Shades of Solace, Pavane, Tapsalteerie

Wo Gott der herr nicht bei uns halt Chorale Prelude 119 (336) BWV 258 (2011) for organ

  • Organ
  • Oxford University Press
  • Commissioned by William Whitehead for the Orgelbüchlein Project
  • First performance 23 January, 2011  |  Ian Tindale  |  Selwyn College, Cambridge
  • Wo Gott der herr nicht bei uns halt
  • The Orgelbüchlein Project is a long running project to complete Bach's unfinished collection of organ music. Bach inscribed the title of 164 Chorales in his manuscript, but only composed 46 of them. McDowall has composed music for 'ghost' Chorale 119 (336) BWV 258 as her contribution to completing the set of Chorales.