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Our Brian beats Madonna in music honour

IRISH composer Brian Byrne has beaten the likes of Madonna and Florence + The Machine to collect two prestigious 'Oscars' of the movie soundtrack world.

The Golden Globe nominated composer added another string to his bow after cleaning up at the World Soundtrack Awards.

Navan-born Brian won the prize for Discovery of the Year for his score to Albert Nobbs, a film made in Dublin.

And although movie star Glenn Close provided the lyrics and Sinead O'Connor performed the song with the RTE Concert Orchestra, it was Brian that was recognised for his musical composition.


The songwriter and arranger beat off competition from Madonna, Florence + The Machine and Mary J Blige to take the award for Lay Your Head Down, making it two wins from the award ceremony.

Brian, who now lives in LA, said that he was proud of the RTE Concert Orchestra for their performance of the piece.

"The competition was very stiff. I wasn't expecting it at all," he said.

Brian said that the standard for composers in the US is particularly high.

"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.

Brian moved from Meath to Hollywood in July 2003 to pursue a career as a film and television composer.

Since then he has consistently worked as a composer, conductor, songwriter, arranger and pianist. His previous film work includes conducting and arranging the scores to Jim Sheridan's Oscar-nominated In America and Kristen Sheridan's drama, Disco Pigs.