Interview with Cecilia McDowall

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In 2022, Sonoro – one of the UK’s foremost vocal ensembles – commissioned six composers to each write a new work inspired by a ‘choral classic’ for the second of their Choral Inspirations series of workshops. One of these workshops was held in Chester in January 2023, in conjunction with CBS.

Cecilia McDowall’s Crucifixus Reimagined was one of the pieces we explored at the workshop, taking as its starting point the famous Crucifixus of the seventeenth-century composer Antonio Lotti.

Having decided to include Crucifixus Reimagined as part of our Autumn Inspirations concert in October, we were delighted when Cecilia was able to join us to share what she chose to do with Lotti’s Crucifixus as a starting point – and how it develops into a powerful statement of the Passiontide text.

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