Sussex Downs College student wins Ivor Novello award for Clean Bandit track

Nicole Marshall SUS-150106-130947001

Nicole Marshall SUS-150106-130947001

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Sussex Downs College music student Nicole Marshall, aka Nikkie Cislyn, scooped an award for ‘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.

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, which saw Clean Bandit awarded ‘Best Contemporary Song’ for ‘Rather Be’.

No stranger to award ceremonies, Nicole was in LA the previous week at the BMI Pop Awards, alongside artists including Pink. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran – and Rather Be scooped an award.

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.”