Meet River

River Reeves

River was born on 14th December 1996. His mum, Miranda Reeves brought him his first guitar at the age of 6. Over the next 13 years he never really ever put it down!

River moved from Penzance, Cornwall to Warrington in 2004 excelling in acting and music both at Bridgewater High School, Warrington and with various drama groups and bands.

River studied music and drama at Priestley College, securing a place at The Arden School of Theatre, Manchester College in 2015.

That same year an even more exciting opportunity came a calling!

Around April time in 2015, River joined and became best mates with the members of Viola Beach and their very quick ascent to the heights of the music industry began.

Tragically, it was not to be. On the 13th February 2016 River alongside his bandmates Kris Leonard, Jack Dakin, Tomas Lowe and manager Craig Tarry, were all killed in Sodertalje, Sweden as they travelled back to Stockholm following their first European gig.

Posthumously, the band achieved a Number One spot in the charts with their 10 track eponymous album, thankfully recorded by Communion Records early in 2016.

Coldplay also championed the Band and their manager by playing along with the Viola Beach track Boys that Sing as they headlined Glastonbury Festival in the summer of 2016.

Chris Martin’s wish that night was to create an ‘alternate’ future for the band.


The River Reeves Foundation achieved Charitable Status in December 2016.

The purpose of the Charity is essentially to offer financial support to those who most need it as they struggle to make careers within the performing arts.

The wish of the Foundation is to make it possible for talented young men and women to have more fulfilled lives and opportunities within the Arts because of River’s short but wonderful life that was full of dreams he dared to follow.