Musicians to pay tribute to Harriet, 18

Harriet Philo Powell, 18, was a keen sailor ANL-160803-140006001
Harriet Philo Powell, 18, was a keen sailor ANL-160803-140006001

Robbie Gladwell and Friends are to perform a tribute to a teenage musician from Bulmer who died suddenly.

Keen musician Harriet Philo Powell, from Hedingham Road, was set to take part in the Robbie Gladwell and Friends charity concerts at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury on March 17-19.

Harriet Philo Powell was a keen musician and was taught electric guitar by Robbie Gladwell. ANL-160803-140018001

Harriet Philo Powell was a keen musician and was taught electric guitar by Robbie Gladwell. ANL-160803-140018001

She was to perform Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven with Mr Gladwell, before her death on February 25.

The group will now perform an acoustic version of the song as a tribute to the 18-year-old.

“It was a complete surprise and a horrible tragedy,” said Mr Gladwell, who had taught Harriet guitar and singing for the last six years.

“We had a lot of fun. She did a few charity concerts with me. She had a very sweet, eloquent voice. She had people in tears with her performance and had her own way of delivering.”

Harriet Philo Powell ANL-160803-140028001

Harriet Philo Powell ANL-160803-140028001

The concert takes place on March 17, 18 and 19, from 7.30pm at the Quay Theatre.

Money raised from the evening will go to the theatre’s charity and to local breast cancer charities.

Mr Gladwell said he was also looking to support mental health charity Mind.

Tickets cost £13 and can be bought from the Quay Box Office, 01787 374745.

The show will see Mr Gladwell, who has played with acts including Steve Harley and Suzi Quatro, performing alongside other local musicians.

Mr Gladwell has held several charity concerts. Often sell-outs, these have raised more than £10,000 in 10 years.

Harriet’s mother Ruth Philo said her daughter was a keen musician and artist.

The former Hedingham School Pupil was studying at Colchester College and was hoping to study for a foundation degree at university.

“She did a few different things,” said Ms Philo. “She was quite a sailor and was a sailing instructor at Alton Water.”

Harriet also leaves behind dad Gordon Powell and brother Joseph Philo Powell, 20.

Harriet’s funeral will take place at St Andrew’s Church, Bulmer, at 1.30pm on March 23.

The family have requested no flowers. Instead donations can be made to the Samaritans.

You can donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/HarrietPhiloPowell.