The Genius Scholarship Award 2008 – Marc Yu

This important new award was created by RITSEC (the Middle East’s leading technology and innovation centre, based in Cairo) in collaboration with SMARTlab UK, inspired by a milestone meeting at the World Summit of Innovation and Enterprise. The aim of the award is to honour and encourage creative genius, wherever it be found, in all its forms. The first award goes to: Marc Yu- Born Genius

Please join us at a very special VIP reception & Pre-PROMS piano recital.

Friday 29 August, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: St Mary le Bow Church
Address: Cheapside, London EC2V 6AU
Nearest tubes: St Paul’s, Bank, Mansion House (*** see map attached *** )

6pm: Welcome Drinks
6:20: Speech by Dr Hisham El Sherif, Award Sponsor
6:25: Introduction by Professor Lizbeth Goodman and Presentation of Award
6:30: Recital by Genius Scholar, Marc Yu

Marc Yu is a nine year old piano virtuoso: known internationally as a ‘born genius.’ He began playing at the age of two, without having had a piano lesson. He has been training with experts in recent years, and can now play more than forty classical pieces from memory, with energy and enormous talent!

The Genius Scholarship Award was created to honour just this kind of genius, and to encourage young gifted people like Marc to become ambassadors for creative expression around the world.

Marc has been selected as the first recipient of this prestigious new award, to be presented in London on 29 August, by the Honourable Dr Hisham El Sherif (RITSEC Director and benefactor), and Professor Lizbeth Goodman (SMARTlab Director and Head of the Judging and Mentorship Panel for the Genius Scholarship Award).

Marc will be presented with an original musical sculpture created by artist/engineer Toby Borland (of the MAGICbox technology studio at UEL), and will play a few pieces in preparation for his performance at the PROMS on 31 August.

With thanks to the Reverend G R Bush, Rector of the St Mary le Bow Church, for great kindness in granting permission to share this event in this very special historic landmark, and to Nick Cressey, Thames Reach & the Royal Academy.

All the participating organisations are dedicated to the creative arts and to enabling creative expression by homeless and otherwise vulnerable communities. This award is made in the hope that by funding one young person’s scholarship in advanced music, we can inspire a generation. . .

The Historical Setting: The original Medieval church dates back to 1080, when it was the London headquarters of the archbishops of Canterbury. It survived three devastating collapses before being completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The current church was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, was destroyed once more in 1941, but was again rebuilt and re-consecrated in 1964.

Places at the reception are by invitation only, for Friends and Fellows of RITSEC and SMARTlab, The Royal Academy, and our collaborating institutions, as well as special VIPS from the worlds of the arts, broadcasting, & scholarship.

*** Please download for full programme & venue map. ***

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