New charity the Harvey Parker Trust is holding a benefit concert in London this month.
The Love In Mind concert will take place on the 30 April 2023 at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, with stars including Olivier Award nominated Rob Madge (My Son’s a Queer – But What Can You Do?), award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown OBE – who is hosting, plus multi-Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance.
Promising to be a spectacular event, music will also be provided by hitmaker to the stars Charlie Deakin Davies aka Charlieeeee, making their debut as an artist in their own right, Grammy award-winners Clean Bandit, acclaimed cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Chineke! Orchestra, jazz organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors, The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, Future Talent and the Choir of Westminster School.
Following on from the concert, The Love In Mind After Party will take place from 11pm in the foyer of the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and will be supported by legendary nightclub Heaven and G-A-Y.
A host of DJs have been announced for the After Party, including Prince Jay Jay, Richard Cutmore and Mark Jacobs. Fabulous performances by DeDe Licious, Flesh, Son of a Tutu, Tayris, Ophelia Love, Yshee Black, Coco Couture, Labelle and From Shesus & the Sisters, and The Sisters.
The Harvey Parker Trust is a new charity which aims to support young, marginalised creatives with their mental health and well-being. It is in memory of 20-year-old Harvey Parker, a gender fluid, autistic and prodigiously talented mixed-race musician whose mental health took a tragic turn just days before Christmas 2021 when they ended their life.
This new charity founded by Harvey’s mother Amanda Parker, aims to make a positive difference and raise funds for young artists experiencing mental health crises and give them access to emotional and mental health support.
YolanDa Brown, who was awarded an OBE in the 2023 New Year’s honours list for services to music, music education and broadcasting, said: “Love In Mind is all about remembering and celebrating Harvey. It’s crucial to speak about mental wellness, and ensure that young people know they’re not alone. I feel privileged to be hosting the launch of this important Trust, and to have such incredible music play a part in the event too, is just fantastic.”
Mark Rylance said: “I am honoured to be invited to take part in the launch of this beautiful Trust and look forward with delight to hearing all the wonderful artists who will be enchanting us.”
Jeremy Joseph, founder of Heaven said: “We are so proud and honoured to be supporting this event! Harvey told their friends that they felt at home at Heaven. This launch night will be a great way to remember and celebrate Harvey but also to reach out to others who feel isolated and remind them that they are not alone.”
Grammy-award winner Grace Chatto, of Clean Bandit said: “Let us always support the emotional safety of creative young minds, for whom the world can be so tough right now. It is an honour to be performing at this beautiful diverse concert alongside such incredible musicians. I only wish Harvey could have been here too.”
Misan Harriman, Chair of the Southbank Centre, said: “Harvey was a ray of light and the Harvey Parker Trust is a reminder that we have to protect and support our young brilliant and vulnerable minds. I am honoured to see music play a part in making sure that Harvey’s memory will never be forgotten whilst protecting those that are still with us.”