Tuesday 24 October 2017

Composer beats Madonna to win soundtrack awards

A GOLDEN Globe-nominated Irish composer has beaten off competition from the likes of Madonna and Florence + The Machine to scoop two prestigious global awards.

Brian Byrne (right) won two categories at the World Soundtrack Awards 2012.

The Los Angeles-based Navan man won Discovery of the Year for his score to the film 'Albert Nobbs', recorded with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the radio centre in Montrose, and Best Original Song for 'Lay Your Head Down', with lyrics by actress Glenn Close.

It was performed by Sinead O'Connor, again with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

"I am incredibly proud of the RTE Concert Orchestra," said Byrne, who now lives in LA.

"The competition was very stiff. I wasn't expecting it at all," he told the Irish Independent.

He said was it was "incredibly difficult" to make it as a composer in LA. "Every year there are hundreds of young composers graduating and the standard is so high. There aren't enough films for everyone so it's pretty cut-throat," he said.

Irish Independent

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