‘McDowall’s work has qualities that include a communicative gift that is very rare in modern music, a composer well worth seeking out; she is very gifted, and always knows exactly what she is doing, and why.’

GRAMOPHONE

‘Cecilia McDowall’s music 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.’
GRAMOPHONE

‘McDowall’s work has qualities that include a communicative gift that is very rare in modern music, a composer well worth seeking out; she is very gifted, and always knows exactly what she is doing, and why.’

GRAMOPHONE

CECILIA McDOWALL

‘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.’
GRAMOPHONE

‘The life-affirming, restorative strength of her direct and unaffected speech is fully communicated in these carefully prepared, joyous performances.’
TEMPO

FEATURED WORK

‘There was nothing lacking in invention, in this new work. The musical and emotional contrasts were tangible. At the outset, the glowering darkness of the Philharmonia’s woodwind, taken up by rich textures in the chorus, with a periodic rocking motion, and the alternation, then unifying, of the soloists all had a mesmerising effect.’
CHURCH TIMES

‘There is much sparkling and shimmering in McDowall’s writing. Cadences quiver and shiver unresolved, then vaporise as though overcome by their mysteriousness.’ 
THE TIMES

EVENTS

Forthcoming Concerts

13 Dec 2019 | Oriana Consort, US

Location: Church of Our Saviour, Brookline, US

13 Dec 2019 | Christmas by Candlelight

Location: St George's, Bloomsbury, London, UK

13 Dec 2019 | Londinium

Location: St John’s Waterloo, London

14 Dec 2019 | Christmas in Minneapolis

Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities, Minnetonka, US

FEATURED RECORDING

The disc contains numerous gems, including the explosively sonorous Colour is the Keyboard for solo piano, sparked by the work of Russia’s famous synaesthetes Kandinsky and Scriabin, while Cavatina at Midnight for piano trio is an achingly beautiful homage to the nightingale.’
CLASSICAL MUSIC.COM

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‘Sometimes richly tonal, sometimes more exploratory in harmonic range, her music is always full of invention… a welcome collection of McDowall’s powerful, imaginative works.’
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

LATEST NEWS

Marian Consort | BBC Radio 3 at Wigmore Hall

Marian Consort | BBC Radio 3 at Wigmore Hall

On 25 November the renowned Marian Consort presented a programme focussed on their namesake, the Blessed Virgin Mary. The programme included Marian anthems from the Renaissance through to motets by contemporary composers including Cecilia McDowall's Alma Redemptoris...

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St Cecilia Service | Westminster Abbey

St Cecilia Service | Westminster Abbey

On 20 November the annual celebration of the patron saint of music, St Cecilia, took place at Westminster Abbey. This year's commission was by Bob Chilcott and the recessional voluntary, 'Sacred and Hallowed Fire' by Cecilia McDowall, was performed by William Fox, Sub...

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OUP CATALOGUE

‘During the past few years the music of this British composer has been heard more and more, and her output has impressed audiences, players and critics alike. It deserves to.’

‘During the past few years the music of this British composer has been heard more and more, and her output has impressed audiences, players and critics alike. It deserves to.’

‘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.’
GRAMOPHONE

‘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.’
GRAMOPHONE