Cecilia McDowall studied piano and composition, graduating in 1975. She has won many awards, including the British Composer Award (Choral category) in 2014 for Night Flight. Her music has been commissioned and performed by leading choirs, including the BBC Singers, ensembles, and at major festivals both in Britain and abroad, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio and worldwide. Commissions include from the BBC, the Welsh Chamber Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus, Westminster Cathedral and the City of London Sinfonia. Much of her music has been recorded, including Phoenix Chorale’s recording of Three Latin Motets, which won a Grammy Award in 2009 and was nominated for Best Classical Album. Cecilia is signed by Oxford University Press as an 'Oxford' composer and she is 'composer-in-residence' at Dulwich College, London.