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‘Works by Cecilia McDowall proclaim an instinctive understanding of the medium allied to the ability to speak directly to the listener and wholly without artifice.’
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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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British female composers | Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

British female composers | Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

On 5 November Ensemble Tityre gave a performance devoted entirely to British music with an emphasis on women composers. This charity concert was in aid of ‘Care4BrittleBones’ and was supported by two Hamburg-based societies, Friends of Britain and Lions Club. The...

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Brightest Star | Paris world premiere 20 October

Brightest Star | Paris world premiere 20 October

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) was founded in Paris in 1919 in the aftermath of World War I. The war had shown the need to strengthen cooperation between Red Cross societies and build on the large, invaluable volunteer base. To...

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BBC Choral Evensong from King’s, Cambridge

BBC Choral Evensong from King’s, Cambridge

On 3 July the Choir of King’s College, conductor Stephen Cleobury, gave the world premiere of Cecilia McDowall’s, O sing unto the Lord a new song on BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong. This Evensong marked the retirement of Stephen Cleobury. The work is published by OUP. ...

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Wimbledon Choral Society premiere | Da Vinci Requiem

Wimbledon Choral Society premiere | Da Vinci Requiem

Wimbledon Choral Society commissioned the Da Vinci Requiem to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death in May 2019; this large-scale work was premiered by the choir, Kate Royal, soprano, Roderick Williams, baritone, The Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor...

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The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, Advent Service

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, Advent Service

BBC Radio 3: on 2 December The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, gave the premiere of Cecilia McDowall’s Advent commission, A Prayer to St John the Baptist, conductor Andrew Nethsingha, Glen Dempsey organ. OUP published the anthem April 2019. ‘Written for the...

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