Musicians tune up for concert in memory of inspiring Tracy - The Evesham Observer

Musicians tune up for concert in memory of inspiring Tracy

Rob George 9th Sep, 2019   0

A POPULAR Vale charity is hoping to hit all the right notes with its latest event at Evesham Arts Centre.

The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust is putting together a musical extravaganza featuring the Avonbank Brass Band, Stour Concert Brass, the Cleeve Harmony Ladies Chorus and an appearance by professional singer Sally Holliday.

Sally is the cousin of Tracy Sollis after whom the charity is founded.

More than 80 performers will take to the stage for the concert from 7.30pm on Friday, September 20 in a celebration of local musical talent.

The emotional evening will raise funds for the charity and many of those performing remember Tracy for her love of music, especially playing her tenor horn.

Tracy Sollis was a pupil at Prince Henry’s in 1993 when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Tragically, her brave battle against the disease was lost, following a failed bone marrow transplant in February 1995, aged just 15.

Throughout her illness, Tracy was always determined to help fellow sufferers and the much-loved charity continues in her memory.

Achievements of the charity include the Tracy Sollis Laboratory which was officially opened by HRH The Duchess of Kent in 1996.

The laboratory is situated in the grounds of The Royal Free Hospital, London and is run by The Anthony Nolan Research Institute to carry out pioneering research to improve the lives of all those affected by leukaemia.

Founder of the trust Sue Sollis said: “It is going to be a fantastic fun night with lots of surprises.”

One of the highlights of the evening will be a solo performed by 17-year-old Luke Barker who is solo cornet player with Flowers Championship Band.

There will also be a special solo performance on the xylophone by Stour Concert Band’s youngest player, 12-year-old Alec Banner.

Tickets for the evening are £10 and available online at

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased from the charity’s shop in Library Arcade on the High Street.

Call Sue Sollis on 01386 421424 for more information.


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