7 January 2022, 10:47
Harvey Parker’s body has been found, after the music student disappeared from a nightclub in Charing Cross in London in December.
Police search for Harvey Parker, a 20-year-old music student at York University, found his body in the River Thames.
West London Coroner’s Court confirmed the identity of the body on Thursday. Police said his death was considered unexplained.
Parker was last seen alive leaving London nightclub Heaven, near Charing Cross, at 2:15 a.m. on December 17, 2021.
The student was a member of Chineke! Junior Orchestra, and a talented flautist and oboist who completed the Junior Royal Academy of Music course before studying for an undergraduate degree in music at the University of York.
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, Artistic Director of Chineke !, posted on Twitter after the latest development saying, “With the heaviest of hearts we have to say goodbye to a beautiful [Chineke!] musician. ”Nwanoku then shared a Just Give page created by ‘Harvey’s Friends and Family’ to raise £ 10,000 ‘for people like Harvey’.
The page already has over £ 54,000 in donations.
Nwanoku first met Parker when he wrote to him asking him to audition for the Chineke! Junior Orchestra when he was a teenager.
In an interview with The independent, Nwanoku remembers: “I came across [Parker] when he wrote to me asking me to audition around the age of 14/15.
“I think he was the first and only Chineke! The juniors auditioned arrive alone. He had come from South East London to West London as a young teenager, so I immediately thought he was independent-minded.
Parker also worked as an intern for the orchestra, helping with communication and managing the artistic organization.
Nwanoku described Parker as “one of the most remarkable of all our interns.”