Eimear Noone , the Killconnell native, internationally renowned musical conductor and composer will be conferred by the National University of Ireland, Galway with an honorary doctoral degree.
Typically awarded to those who have achieved significant contributions to cultural affairs, public service, scholarship or a field of knowledge. The ceremony will take place on campus in the summer of 2021. Noone receives this award after making for her achievement of being the first female conductor at the Academy Awards in February of 2020.
Eimear Noone also the first female conductor in the National Concert Hall in Dublin was ecstatic to learn that she has been nominated for such an award saying: “For this to happen in my home county could not be more meaningful”.
Due to Covid-19, the virtual award ceremony had to be moved from November to the summer of 2021, that they may be able to host a celebratory event on campus for our 2020 graduates.”
NUIG President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh states “Each one has made an excellent and distinctive contribution to public life, the betterment of society and the interests of humanity.NUI Galway is very pleased to be in a position to respect and recognise these exceptional individuals.”
With over 23.6 million viewers tuning in to watch the 2020 Oscars. The spotlight was on Eimear to perform. She thrived with Eimear and her orchestra receiving a standing ovation for their performance.
Eimear worked with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra once again in a St. Stephens Broadcast ; it was her first performance in the country since conducting the Academy Awards earlier in February. In her appearance on Lyric FM, Eimear conducted big orchestral scores from video games and movies. Eimear conducted with Sibeal, ‘Stand for Hope’, composed to praise the frontline workers during this pandemic, and ‘Malach Angel Messenger’ from World of Warcraft written in memory of her baby son Aaron. Also featuring is music from Fortnite, The Legend of Zelda, Tomb Raider, and much more.
Commenting on the show Eimear stated “This concert is extremely important to me. Right now, people need their music more than ever and we all need a bit of a lift. We chose inspirational music which we hope will keep spirits high. I’m so thrilled to have worked with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra again. To be able to make this performance happen during this very challenging time in all our lives and, at a time when we can’t all be together at the concert hall, to know we can still reach audiences in Ireland and beyond with RTÉ lyric FM is truly a great joy.”
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