Cecilia McDowall is an award-winning Oxford composer and also Visiting Composer to Dulwich College, London. She has been described by the International Record Review as having a “communicative gift that is very rare in modern music” and her distinctive style speaks directly to listeners, instrumentalists and singers alike. Short-listed eight times for the British Composer Awards, in 2014 she won the Choral category of the British Composer Awards (re-named the Ivors Composer Awards) for Night Flight. Her music has been commissioned and performed by leading choirs, including the BBC Singers, The Sixteen, Oxford and Cambridge choirs, ensembles, and at festivals worldwide. The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain commissioned a work focusing on ‘children in conflict’, called Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo based on the real-life escape of Nujeen Mustafa and her sister from war-torn Aleppo.
In 2020 discs of Cecilia’s music will be recorded on the Delphian, Naxos and Somm labels.