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Music composer Eimear Noone on being first woman to conduct at the Oscars

Ahead of her performance with the Ulster Orchestra at the Belfast International Arts Festival, video game music composer Eímear Noone chats to Edwin McFee about being the first woman to conduct at Hollywood’s big awards bash in 2020, and blazing a trail for other female musicians

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Wielding the baton: Eímear Noone promises a very special night for the Belfast audience. Credit: Steve Humphreys

Wielding the baton: Eímear Noone promises a very special night for the Belfast audience. Credit: Steve Humphreys

Eímear Noone performing at the Oscars

Eímear Noone performing at the Oscars

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Wielding the baton: Eímear Noone promises a very special night for the Belfast audience. Credit: Steve Humphreys

If you’ve ever spent a weekend exploring the world of modern day video games, then I’m willing to wager a case load of platinum-clad PlayStation 5s that you’ve encountered the work of composer, conductor and all-round musical mage Eímear Noone.

Hailed as the Irish queen of game music, the Galway-raised woman has been blazing a trail in the industry over the last decade thanks to her expressive, unmistakable work soundtracking the likes of multi-million-pound franchises such as World Of Warcraft, Overwatch and the Legend Of Zelda.


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