On Friday, 8 March, International Women’s Day, two works by Cecilia McDowall will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 by the BBC Singers at different times of day.

At 2pm, Cecilia McDowall’s work commemorating the life of Nurse Edith Cavell, Standing as I do before God, with words by Edith Cavell, set in poetic reflection by Sean Street, will be sung by the BBC Singers, soprano solo, Rebecca Lea, conducted by David Hill.

Later that day, at 7.30pm, McDowall’s Regina caeli will be sung in a live broadcast from St Martin-in-the-Fields by the BBC Singers, conducted by Ellie Slorach.

On 3 February Wimbledon Choral will host a Da Vinci Requiem Come & Sing day

To mark its 100th anniversary, Wimbledon Choral commissioned Cecilia
McDowall to write the Da Vinci Requiem which had its world premiere in the
Royal Festival Hall (2019) and which is now available as a recording (2023)
from Signum Records.
We are so pleased with the commission that we’d love to share it
with you in the form of a day’s workshop, hosted by Wimbledon Choral,
directed by Neil Ferris, accompanied by Michael Higgins and with special
guest, Cecilia McDowall.

More information & booking

Tenebrae sing Standing as I do before God in Windsor, London and Manchester

Tenebrae sing McDowall’s Standing as I do before God, a setting of words spoken by Nurse Edith Cavell on the eve of her execution in 1915, bound into a reflective poetic context by Seán Street. Performances inSt George’s Chapel, Windsor, 19 September, Wigmore Hall, London, 31 October and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 6 November.

 

Da Vinci Requiem premieres in Switzerland

On 11 October and 20 October Ars Vocalis will perform the Da Vinci Requiem in Lausanne and Geneva.The Kingston Choral Society and MK Chorale will perform the work on 18 November in the UK. In 2024 there will be two Come and Sing Days on 27 January and on 3 February. More information to follow.

 

 

On 5 July, 2023, a National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication for Their Majesties The King and Queen

On 5 July, 2023, a National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication for Their Majesties The King and Queen on the occasion of the Presentation of the Royal Honours of Scotland takes place at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.

During the pre-service music, Cecilia McDowall’s anthem O Sing unto the Lord will be sung by the Choir of St Giles Cathedral, music director, Michael Harris. The service will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from 12.40-3.15 and will be available on catch up for a month.