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Composer Cecilia McDowall awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection

Released on December 1, 2020

Oxford University Press is delighted to announce that The Ivors Academy has awarded  Cecilia McDowall 2020 Ivor AwardOUP composer Cecilia McDowall the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection.

Presented at The Ivors Composer Awards 2020 on Tuesday 1 December, the awards were broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 3 and hosted by Kate Molleson and Tom Service. An Ivor Novello Award is the most prestigious peer-recognition award in songwriting and composition. Since 1956 the Academy has presented Ivor Novello Awards to shine a spotlight on the talent of music creators. The Ivors Composer Awards were established to recognise exceptional UK composers across classical, jazz and sound arts. The statuette awarded is a representation of Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyric poetry. Designed by Hazel Underwood, an undergraduate of St Martin’s School of Art in London, in 1955, to this day it is still cast in solid bronze.

Gary Carpenter, Chair of The Ivors Composer Awards Committee states:

Cecilia McDowall is one of the leading choral and vocal composers of her generation. Her music has been commissioned and performed by leading choirs, ensembles, and at festivals worldwide. Often inspired by extra-musical influences, her writing combines a rhythmic vitality with expressive lyricism. She is a highly skilful and captivating composer who communicates through her music with stunning sensitivity and impact. Cecilia McDowall has and continues to leave a legacy of exquisite classical works, especially those works for the voice and it is for this reason The Ivors Academy is honoured to recognise her contribution by presenting the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection 2020.

From Cecilia McDowall:

I am so thrilled to have been presented with the distinguished Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Works Collection.  What an honour to receive this award from The Ivors Academy, especially following such exceptional previous recipients. It is most humbling, as there are so many other deserving composers.

From Rachel Lindley, Director of Music Publishing at OUP:

Oxford University Press is thrilled that Cecilia has been chosen to receive this prestigious award, recognizing the breadth and significance of her compositional output. Having published her music for over 15 years, OUP is proud to support Cecilia’s music and continues to be inspired by her unique voice and its ability to communicate powerfully. We offer many congratulations to Cecilia and look forward to celebrating her music throughout 2021 as part of her upcoming 70th Birthday celebrations.

For further information about Cecilia McDowall and to view her published works, visit or contact Jenny Wegg, Head of Repertoire Promotion

For more information on The Ivors Composer Awards visit