Leicester College Presents Honorary Award to Leicester Singer Molly Smitten-Downes

Leicester College Presents Honorary Award to Leicester Singer Molly Smitten-DownesSinger/Songwriter and Leicester College alumni Molly Smitten-Downes was recognised for her musical achievements during the College’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 1 November 2014.

Molly completed a Performing Musician course at the College in 2002 and has subsequently flourished in her musical career; winning Best Urban/Pop Act at Live and Unsigned in 2012 and Best Song at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards 2013.

More recently Molly performed the UK’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest in Summer 2014 where she sang her own composition “Children of the Universe”.

Throughout her success Molly has repeatedly recognised and thanked the College for developing and supporting her career as a musician. The Leicester College Honorary Award celebrates the success of Molly’s career and demonstrates how incredibly proud the College is of her continued hard work.

Upon hearing the news that she was to be presented with the 2014 Honorary Award Molly said “Wow!! Thank you so much, what an honour and a surprise! As you know, I've always spoken of how much the tutors at Leicester College impacted my life in such a positive way. I'd love to accept this award.”

The Music and Sound Technology Team at Leicester College are particularly delighted with the news as they have closely followed Molly’s career. Her former lecturer Doug Jenkinson said “I remember Molly joining the College and watching her confidence grow during her course. She has an incredible talent and has worked so hard to achieve her successes. It is a true pleasure of my role at the College to support learners with such innate talent as Molly’s to help them to realise their ambitions. Molly thoroughly deserves the College’s honorary award – she is a role model for all of our learners.”