RTÉ Concert Orchestra features in World Soundtrack Award 2012 Nominees

Brian Byrne’s song Lay Your Head Down, as recorded by Sinead O’Connor and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, has been nominated for another prestigious award.

Lay Your Head Down, from the score to Albert Nobbs, has been shortlisted in the category ‘Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film’, along with songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Florence + The Machine and Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie. (Full list of nominees below.) The winner will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & concert on 20 October, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.

This follows an IFTA and a place on the Oscar longlist for the Albert Nobbs score and a Golden Globe nomination for Lay Your Head Down.

The Albert Nobbs soundtrack was recorded in RTÉ Radio Centre by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by composer Brian Byrne. Brian has paid tribute both to the RTÉ CO’s enormous contribution to the soundtrack and to the orchestra’s versatility, ‘unmatched in Europe’. That versatility will be shown to full advantage in an upcoming album of Brian’s music performed by the RTÉ CO with star guests, full details of which will be announced shortly.

World Soundtrack Award Nominees List:

Film Composer of the Year
Alexandre Desplat (A Better Life, Carnage, De rouille et d’os (Rust & Bone), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ides of March)
Alberto Iglesias (Le Moine (The Monk), La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Cliff Martinez (Contagion, Drive)
Howard Shore (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Hugo)
John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse)

Best Original Film Score of the Year

Drive by Cliff Martinez
Hugo by Howard Shore
The Adventures of Tintin by John Williams
The Ides of March by Alexandre Desplat
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Alberto Iglesias

Best Original Song written directly for a Film
Lay Your Head Down from Albert Nobbs
music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close, performed by Sinead O’Connor
Breath of Life from Snow White and the Huntsman
music & lyrics by Florence Welch & Isabella Summers, performed by Florence + The Machine
The Living Proof from The Help
music & lyrics by Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr & Damon Thomas, performed by Mary J. Blige
Man or Muppet from The Muppets
music & lyrics by Bret McKenzie, performed by Jason Segel and Walter
Masterpiece from W.E.
music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost & Jimmy Harry, performed by Madonna