Published: 26 September 2017

Community award for inspiring graduate

Congratulations to graduate and former Students’ Union president Emily Bollon who has received an award for motivating people in the community through her music, singing lessons and gospel choirs.

Emily, who graduated in Creative Music Technology in 2012, has been named winner of the Music and Arts prize in Eagle Radio’s Local Heroes Awards. She is the founder of Motivation by Music and her work stretches from corporate team-building through to supporting sufferers and families with Parkinson’s disease.

One of its members, whose husband suffers from the condition, said: ““The Parkinson’s Group Gospel Choir started last year and we now have about 20 members. I am absolutely thrilled because it is so easy for my husband not to go to events but this has really been amazing; it helps his voice and his general movement is better.

“Em has a natural ability to motive and inspire people. She is just brilliant and really deserves to be acknowledged for what she is doing in the community.”

Emily has many years’ experience of developing community gospel choirs within the education, charity and public sectors and sings for two professional and renowned UK-based choirs: Kingdom Gospel Choir and the ACM Gospel Choir.

She has led backing choirs for X Factor at Wembley, BBC Gospel Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and sung with artists such as Melanie C, Alfie Boe and Sarah Brightman. As well as regularly leading backing choirs for X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and ITV's Your Face Sounds Familiar, she has supported UV Talent Ltd with its hugely successful immersive screenings of Sister Act with Amacoast Cinemas 2016/17.

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