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"A musician and stroke survivor from Leeds has received a Highly Commended Life After Stroke Award from the Stroke Association, in recognition of his determination and creativity.

Enrico Marchesi, 52 from Horsforth, was a professional trumpet player and music teacher. With a passion for classical and jazz, music had been a huge part of his life ever since he was a young boy in Italy. As an adult he graduated from the Bergamo and Rome Conservatoire and played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Italy. When he then moved to England with his wife Jacqui in 1998, his musical career continued to flourish.

However, Enrico feared he would never play music again after he had a stroke in May 2010 and he felt he had lost his identity. He lost all confidence to play music in public. With support from the Stroke Association, he was put in touch with Musicians UK, a charity which ensured Enrico was offered support by medical clinicians who themselves were amateur musicians

After a lot of encouragement and sheer determination, Enrico has proven everybody wrong and formed ‘A Stroke Of Genius’ swing band, just three years after his stroke. The band now performs uplifting and inspiring concerts regularly around Leeds to raise funds for the Stroke Association. They also work to raise awareness of stroke and the fact they can happen at any age.

Enrico was presented with his certificate and award by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve, at the celebratory event on Thursday 27 November at the Stroke Association Regional Centre in Leeds.

Jo Koszel, Regional Information Officer at the Stroke Association, nominated Enrico for the Award for the Creative Arts. She said: “Enrico has made a difference in so many ways; not only through his fundraising but as an inspiration for others and an incredible sense of fun. Each concert the band plays is extremely uplifting and is a result of a huge amount of sheer determination from Enrico.”Enrico said: “I have had to learn to like music again but music is a joy and I want to play to give thanks. "                                     Facebook: AStroke Of Genius Big Band

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