Jubilate Deo premiere | Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert

On Friday, 3 June, Cecilia McDowall’s Jubilate Deo will be premiered at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Her Jubilate Deo was commissioned and first performed at St Michael and All Angels Church, Dallas, Texas, director, Jonathan Ryan. The UK premiere will be performed by singers from several local choirs who will be joined by the Orpheus Sinfonia, with soloists (including, from St George’s, Tom Lilburn and Miriam Allan), all under the direction of conductor Oliver Gooch.  Petroc Trelawny, radio and television presenter will guide us through the evening.

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Gala Concert | Cecilia McDowall At 70

The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2021 presents a Gala Concert to celebrate Cecilia McDowall at 70.
This birthday celebration programme performed by the LFCCM’s own Festival Singers includes a selection of Cecilia’s unaccompanied choral works alongside works for chamber choir and instrumental ensemble.
7:00pm, Saturday 22 May Pre-concert talk by Cecilia McDowall St Pancras Parish Church
7:30pm, Saturday 22 May“Standing as I do before God”: Cecilia McDowall at 70 St Pancras Parish

Book now via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/lfccm

BBC Radio 3 Music Matters Interview

On BBC Radio 3, Music Matters, Saturday, 3 April, Tom Service interviews Cecilia McDowall about the new Hyperion release of her sacred choral music sung by The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, conductor Stephen Layton.

The programme is at 11.45am and may be found at this link, available until 1 May, 2021.

Cecilia McDowall honoured at The Ivors Composer Awards

The Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection recognises her exceptional body of classical works. In presenting the ‘Gift of the Academy’ award to Cecilia McDowall the Academy said that Cecilia is “a highly skilful and captivating composer who communicates through her music with stunning beauty, sensitivity and impact.”

Now in its 18th year, the annual The Ivors Composer Awards 2020 (previously the British Composer Awards) honour the best new works by UK contemporary composers in classical, jazz and sound art. New for 2020, in addition to the eleven category awards, three composers were awarded ‘Gift of the Academy’ awards from The Ivors Academy celebrating their repertoire to date.

‘Cecilia is one of the finest composers of her generation, particularly noted for her choral works. Her music has been commissioned and performed by leading choirs and ensembles worldwide. The composer is often inspired by extra-musical influences and her writing combines a rhythmic vitality with expressive lyricism’.

On receiving the honour, Cecilia commented –

“It is very humbling to have been singled out to follow in the footsteps of previous recipients when there are so many other deserving composers.”

Listen to the Radio 3 coverage on BBC Sounds. Cecilia’s The Lord is Good can be heard from 01:18:49.

Listen to Cecilia McDowall on Apple Music

Watch Cecilia’s acceptance speech below and see some of her colleagues sending their congratulations on her award here.


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A Winter’s Night | Winchester College | Onyx Brass

Classic FM has chosen A Winter’s Night as its Album of the Week with Alexander Armstrong.

McDowall’s Christmas cantata, A Winter’s Night is sung by the Winchester College Chapel Choir with Onyx Brass, Ben Cunningham, organ, conductor Howard Ionascu. Recorded on the Signum label this is a lovely collection of Christmas music, old and new. Howard Ionascu writes, ‘As I began exploring repertoire for this combination, Cecilia McDowall’s wonderful Christmas cantata (the title track of this disc) became an obvious central work to record. This contemporary take on five well-loved Christmas  carols receives its first complete recording with the original scoring.’

Everyday at 10:15 between 14th and 18th December, Alexander will choose one track to play. Here’s a link to his page on https://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows-presenters/alexander-armstrong/