David Rodger-Sharp jewellers sponsored prizes in the first UK English-Chinese recital competition in London which was won by Berkshire bi-lingual youths.
The grand final and awards presentation took place at the China Exchange in the heart of London’s Chinatown.
After three months of training, preliminary rounds matches the event was hailed a great success by the panel of prestigious judges, audience and participants alike. The event was spearheaded by the charity Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL) collaborating with Oxford based Fusion Education and KYX International Education.
David Rodger-Sharp on Duke Street sponsored the prizes for second and third place and David’s other business Lawlor’s The Baker sponsored artisan breads and snacks for the event. David said, “We employ 19 staff across our business from all walks of life and we work with many local charities. In 2021 we started making beautiful hand made jewellery in our 3000sq foot state of the art workshop in Henley. We have been working with some wonderful clients who asked us to sponsor this event to help promote multi-cultural and language learning. I’ve started learning some Chinese over the last few months. It’s challenging and self developing. I’m always looking for charities to support.”
Among nearly 100 participants, there were 11 from Berkshire out of which three made the remarkable achievement in their age category. This event was highly recognised as providing an opportunity to promote multi-cultural and language learning as well great value of diversity and inclusion.
The competition was honoured to have a star-studded judging panel. The English section judged by: British author, winner of the 2006 Whitbread Prize and biographer of Pearl Buck and Henri Matisse, Hilary Spurling CBE FRSL; founder of the China Media Centre, Professor Hugo De Burgh; former director of London College of Music, Dr David Henson; and CEO of China Exchange, Ms. Freya Aitken-Turff. The Chinese section was judged by: Principal Teaching Fellow at Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at SOAS, Dr Song Lianyi; columnist for FTChinese.com, Ms He Yue; CEO of KYX International, Mr. Li Jian; and former journalist and presenter of China Central Television and Phoenix Television, Ms. Diya Wen.