Eastbourne student wins Ivor Novello award

Nicole Marshall
Nicole Marshall

Sussex Downs College music student Nicole Marshall, aka Nikkie Cislyn, scooped an industry gong for the ‘Best Contemporary Song’ at the Ivor Novello Awards 2015.

Nicole, 24, from London, studies music at the Eastbourne campus of Sussex Downs College. The talented vocalist writes and performs with hit band Clean Bandit alongside Jack Patterson and Grace Chatto.

The group’s number one hit, ‘Rather Be’, received a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording and was then shortlisted at the Ivors for both ‘Best Contemporary Song’ and ‘PRS for Music Most Performed Work’.

Nicole joined artists including Sam Smith, Bob Geldof and Brian May at the star-studded awards ceremony held in London on May 22,, which saw Clean Bandit awarded ‘Best Contemporary Song’ for ‘Rather Be’.

No stranger to award ceremonies, Nicole was in Los Angeles the previous week at the BMI Pop Awards, alongside artists including Pink. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.

Award-winning songs on the night included Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’.

Melanie Hunt, Principal and Chief Executive of Sussex Downs College, said, “Many congratulations to Nicole and Clean Bandit, this is truly brilliant news.

“Congratulations also to the Performing Arts department at the College: to Neil, Tony and the whole team who have helped Nicole to expand her horizons and develop her undoubted talent.”

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing.

Acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards for music creators, The Ivors recognise the writers of individual works released in the UK during the award year.

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