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#LoveInMind: Lift-off

July 2023

Chineke! Orchestra

On April 30th 2023, more than 800 of you joined us for an amazing evening at London's Southbank Centre. And what a lineup! More than 140 artists gave their heart, soul and talent to make it an unforgettable night of love and amazing music.

Hosted by saxophonist and broadcaster YolanDa Brown the Harvey Parker Trust’s #LoveInMind concert included exceptional young musicians from the Choir of

YalanDa Brown holding mic

Westminster School, University of York Music department, Chineke! Orchestra and Junior Orchestra, alongside internationally renowned performers Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Rob Madge, Sir Mark Rylance, Clean Bandit and Tomorrow’s Warriors, amongst many more.

We were delighted to have a special guest: star of BBC drama It’s A Sin and chart-topping lead of Years & Years, Olly Alexander joined us for a show-stopping surprise appearance.

We are deeply honoured to have such remarkable musicians and performers share their time and energy to support the launch of the Harvey Parker Trust. #LoveInMind was a joyous celebration of brilliant creativity and musical inspiration, highlighting the importance of mental health support for marginalised creatives.

Scroll down to see some of our #LoveInMind highlights

Mark Rylance presenting

Sir Mark Rylance welcomed special guests to the Queen Elzabeth Hall, beginning the evening with a poignant reading for Colin Watson's 'The Presence'. Sheku Kenneh-Mason MBE later took to the stage to perform Britten's Lamento and Bach's No.2 Prelude. David Ingham, the inaugural recipient of the Future Talent Harvey Parker Award, performed Taktakishvili's Sonata for flute and piano. Olivier-nominated Rob Madge captivated the audience with snippets of their solo West End show, 'My Son's a Queer'. Years and Years surprised the audience with a trailblazing pop performance before the finale.

Sheku Kenneh-Mason playing celo

The final performance of the night included profound displays of collaboration and togetherness; young performers from a variety of ensembles including Chineke! Orchestra, University of York Choir and the choir of Westminster School, joined forces with Clean Bandit to perform chart-topping hits, including 'Rather Be' and 'Symphony'. Audience members held their glowing phones in the air and swayed along, creating an even starrier atmosphere.

The night concluded with moving words from Clean Bandit cellist, Grace Chatto, and the audience filed out, each of us a little softer than we were coming in.

The Harvey Parker Trust raised more than £40,000, a fantastic start to the work of the Trust, which shortly begins in earnest with a programme of work with young creatives at the Southbank Centre.

If you were unable to join us for our launch but would like to support the Trust’s work, we welcome donations via our JustGiving fundraising page.



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