Goldsmiths alumni and lead singer for the rock band “Placebo”, Brian Molko was given an honorary fellowship award in a ceremony on Wednesday.
Molko, who studied Theatre and Dramatic Arts at Goldsmiths, graduated in 1993 and went on to form “Placebo” with Secondary school friend Stefan Olsdau.
As lead singer, Molko and “Placebo” released 6 chart topping studio albums and enjoyed the success of singles like 1997’s “Nancy Boy” and 1998’s “Pure Morning” which both reached number 4 on the UK music charts.
Commenting on his award Molko said: “I am extremely pleased to be offered an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths. I have very fond memories of my years spent there, which helped shape me into the artist that I am today. I am particularly grateful for the freedom to take risks which the staff encouraged and for the ambition they nurtured in us – no matter how brazen or off-the-wall it appeared.”
Remembered by the faculty as a “quiet” student, Molko received his honors alongside such notaries as Dame Dr. Jane Goodall and John Bird, founder of Big Issue.
Molko celebrated his 40th birthday on December 10, 2012 to the great excitement of fans who organized the #MolkoFourOh twitter campaign to show their support of the musician.
Molko accepts his honorary fellowship.