30 Jun Katie Price’s son Harvey makes live music debut at Autism’s…
Katie Price’s son Harvey performed on stage for the first time at an Autism’s Got Talent event in Cornwall last night – cheered on by his mum.
The model turned reality star looked on proudly from the side of the stage as her 17-year-old son gave a keyboard performance to remember.
Harvey, who is autistic, partially blind and has a rare complex genetic condition called Prader Willis syndrome, performed two songs at the event at St Ives Theatre on Saturday evening.
The show was hosted by the Anna Kennedy charity, which raises awareness of autism.
Katie Price herself was then picked out of the audience by close-up magician Jono Blythe to come up on stage as part of his act.
Also performing on the night was Cornwall’s own The Voice winner Molly Hocking, whose performance you can watch below.
Harvey wowed the crowd with what was his first ever live music performance.
He shook off the nerves to receive applause from the audience and was reportedly beaming afterwards.
Harvey, the son of former footballer Dwight Yorke, began learning the piano at the age of four but has never performed on a stage before.
However, he is no stranger to the limelight, having appeared on a string of reality shows and been interviewed alongside his mum on chat shows.
He collected a certificate from Anna Kennedy after the performance, accompanied by mother-of-five Katie.
Katie and Harvey ended up in Cornwall for the gig following a chance meeting with the St Ives’ arts charity Kidz R Us back in May.
Both parties were at an Autism’s Got Telent event at The Mermaid Theatre London when Harvey was asked if he’d like to come down to Cornwall for the big night.
Kidz R Us co-founder Phil Barnett said at the time: “Katie Price came to Autism’s Got Talent with her son and caused a stir – she said on stage that she wants her son Harvey to perform at our event in St Ives at Autism’s Got Talent in June.
“It’s absolutely fantastic that Katie came along – it validated the work of giving autistic children a chance to perform and show off their skills – particularly because very often they are bulled at school.”
Autism’s Got Talent was created by Anna Kennedy OBE, Autism Ambassador for Options Autism, which provides care and education to children, young people and adults with autism.
She said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for those with autism to get up on stage and really show what they can do. We have had participants from Croatia, Canada and the USA and have also showcased world class gymnasts and artists who have appeared on the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
“People with autism of all ages are making history, showing that autism need be no barrier to success.”
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects around one in 100 people in the UK.
It affects the way a person communicates and how they experience the world around them.
Some people with autism can live independent lives, but others may face additional challenges including learning disabilities.
It may be referred to as Autism spectrum disorder, as autism encompasses a range of conditions.
What’s the difference between autism and Asperger’s?
Unlike many other children with autism, children and young people with Asperger’s don’t generally show delays in early language development.
They might actually be well ahead of their peers in some ways – reading very young or talking like an adult when they’re still a pre-schooler.
They start to struggle when their social world becomes more complex and they can find it hard to deal with subtleties of conversation like jokes, sarcasm, tone and backwards and forwards discussion.
Sometimes they can come across as clumsy.
TV presenter Chris Packham has spoken of how his own Asperger’s causes him to experience the world in hyper-reality with sensory overload.