Music of Northern Ireland Sweeps the Emmys

Programme presented by Tyrone tenor Eamonn McCrystal picks up four awards at US TV's top night

A one-off music special hosted by Cookstown singer Eamonn McCrystal has scooped some of the highest honours at a regional leg of the Emmys, the leading awards body for American television.

Filmed at Belfast's Grand Opera House in September 2014, The Music of Northern Ireland was produced for US channel PBS and subsequently broadcast in March. It received the nominations from the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), winning in all four categories.

The concert celebrated music from the province with orchestra-backed performances from the host as well as Brian Kennedy, Rachel Tucker and more special guests covering hits by the likes of Van Morrison. 

Director Nigel Wright, who has previously produced for Andrew Lloyd Webber, was awarded for his musical arrangements while the programme prevailed in the Overall Arts/Entertainment category. McCrystal himself picked up the prize for best On-Camera Talent/Performer before John Northover rounded out the sweep being named Best Director of a Live or Recorded Live Programme.

Taking to Twitter in excitement following the news, McCrystal said: 'Well... We got four nominations and we won four Emmys! What an honour! Thanks to the entire team!'

The Music of Northern Ireland airs again across all PBS stations this month and is now available to purchase digitally from iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers.