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Cecilia McDowall and Bob Chilcott become Fellows of the Royal School of Church Music

Released on April 19, 2017

We are delighted to announce that OUP composers Cecilia McDowall and Bob Chilcott have both been selected to become Fellows of the Royal School of Church Music in 2017. Each year the RSCM Council confers this Honorary Award on those who have made an outstanding contribution to church music.

Cecilia’s music spans sacred and secular genres and her choral writing combines rhythmic vitality with expressive lyricism. She is described by the International Record Review as having a 'communicative gift that is very rare in modern music.’ She won the British Composer Award for Choral Music in 2014, and her music has been commissioned and performed by leading choirs around the world.

Receiving the award, Cecilia said: ‘I feel greatly honored to receive such a distinguished award for what I simply love doing, and thrilled to be in the eminent company of such talented musicians.’

Described by The Observer as ‘a contemporary hero of British Choral Music’, Bob Chilcott has become one of the most widely performed composers of choral music in the world. His most recent major choral work is My Perfect Stranger, a captivating setting of Kevin Crossley-Holland's retelling of the Christmas story.

On becoming a Fellow of the RSCM, Bob said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be made an honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music. I have enjoyed being associated with the RSCM almost my whole life, as a choirboy, while at secondary school and more recently through workshops and special events. This is indeed a big honour for me.”

Bob has also recently had his work The Voyage (commissioned by Age UK Oxfordshire) shortlisted in the Learning and Participation category of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards.

Ben Selby, Director of Music Publishing at OUP, said: ‘We are proud to be the longstanding publisher of Cecilia’s and Bob’s music, and are thrilled to see them both recognised for their contribution to church music through this prestigious award.’

The FRSCM awards will be presented to Cecilia and Bob at an RSCM Celebration Day later this year and we wish them our warmest congratulations on this outstanding achievement.

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