Eímear Noone to conduct at Oscars

The lineup up for the 92nd Oscars ceremony has been announced, with Eímear Noone as guest conductor. It is the first time a woman has conducted the Oscar orchestra during the ceremony.

Noone will conduct five pieces with a 42-piece orchestra, made up of extracts from Oscar-nominated compositions. However, details of which pieces she will perform have yet to be announced. Oscar musical director Rickey Minor will lead the rest of the performance.

Said Noone in an interview with Variety: “I have friends in the orchestra and I have friends on the page in front of me. No matter what country I’m in or what concert hall, it doesn’t matter – the score is where my mind and my heart are.”

Born in Ireland but now largely based in California, Noone is known for her work with computer game music, both as a conductor and composer. She regularly performs with Video Games Live and has written music for the World of Warcraft series.

Other performers at the ceremony include Elton John, Chrissy Metz, Idina Menzel and Randy Newman.

The Oscars ceremony will take place on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.