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Welcome to the official web site of Eagley Brass Band.

by Deb Lyons

Eagley Brass Band was established in 1850 and have been performing for audiences in and around Bolton ever since. We are a friendly and social band and always welcome players, whether you’re thinking of coming regularly or just want to come along for a blow.

This website contains comprehensive information about the band – past, present and future – as well as listing all our events and engagements.

If you would like to book the band please get in touch via our contact page.

Victoria Hall Concert Raises £3,100 For Christie’s Hospital

Our recent Victoria Hall managed to raise a huge £3,100 for The Christie Hospital in Manchester, Europe’s leading cancer treatment hospital.

The hospital treats 44,000 patients every year and a single operation can cost over £100,000 as was the case with Bolton Lions Club President Jeff Hartley (pictured) just last year.
Now fully in remission, Mr Hartley has the Christie Hospital to thank for his return to excellent health and so he approached our MD Chris Wormald to ask if we at Eagley Band would give a concert on behalf of the hospital.
The photograph shows Jeff Hartley and Chris Wormald presenting the cheque to Sue Kent from Christie’s Hospital.

Another Victoria Hall Concert Success!

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On Saturday evening, July 7th, we once again took to the stage of Bolton’s superb Victoria Hall on a swelteringly hot 2018 Summer evening to give our concert entitled Movies, Musicals And Miscellany! Further inspired by the afternoon win by England’s footballers in the quarter-finals of the World Cup being held in Russia, there was a definite added buzz in the large audience (and the band!) and once again we wowed everyone who attended with performances of Mission Impossible, The Incredibles, Jaws, Batman, Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom, This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman), A James Bond Tribute, Highlights from Les Miserables and many more too.

The evening was one of the hottest concerts many of the band members had ever given, so much so that for the joint items with Smithills Community Band and Choir after the interval, band jackets had to be removed and bottles of water allowed on the stage, a first time for everything .
Click here to visit our Gallery to see highlight from the evening.

Automatic Alarms Limited Sponsorship

Bolton based Automatic Alarms Limited have kindly and generously paid for the band to have an entire set of brand new embroidered coats. The sponsorship amounts to £1,000 and is both a wonderful gesture by the company and huge boost to the band’s public image and overall outstanding progress.

Mr Hugh Wilson, Managing Director of Automatic Alarms, and his wife Alison are pictured at their Kenyon Business Park headquarters in Pilkington Street, together with Musical Director Chris Wormald and Solo Flugel Horn player Janet Walsh, who began working at Automatic Alarms only last year.

Mr and Mrs Wilson were delighted to be taken by surprise when presented with additional Eagley Band outdoor coats as well as the band’s glossy brochure, CD recording “From Sinatra To Wicked” and complimentary tickets to the Victoria Hall “Movies, Musicals And Miscellany” concert this coming Saturday evening, July 7th, starting at 7.30pm.      

Christmas CD Recorded With World of Sound

 

Over the scorching hot weekend of Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st the band recorded its first ever Christmas CD! Richard Scott from World of Sound was again the producer, the man behind our 2017 CD of just eight months earlier, From Sinatra To Wicked.

The Christmas CD recording weekend was a fantastic two days of our very best playing, great bonding time for all of the players, eating far too much (there are some brilliant cooks and bakers within the band, not to mention deliveries of Carr’s Pasties on Saturday lunchtime and Papa John’s Pizzas on Sunday…) and working really, really hard throughout both days of recording. The end product will be a brilliant Eagley CD of Christmas music and carols when everything is mixed, mastered, edited down, duplicated and wrapped, ready for going on sale by the Autumn.

The seasonal tracks we recorded over the unusually boiling hot weekend included many brand new arrangements made for the band by our MD Chris Wormald and Bass Trombonist Declan Cullen, ranging from A Polar Express Suite, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Last Christmas, Midwinter and Sleigh Ride to Away In A Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody. There was also a brand new duet arrangement of Silver Bells made especially for Flugel Horn player Janet Walsh and Solo Tenor Horn Deb Lyons! The opening track on the CD is to be the iconic A Christmas Fantasy by Gordon Langford.

Everyone connected with Eagley Band would like to thank Richard Scott once again for another brilliant, relaxed, but thoroughly professional weekend of recording and his superb Assistant Engineer Phil Hardman, who looked after the technical aspects of the weekend’s recording sessions.  

Christmas CD Recording With World of Brass This Month!

It may only be June but later this month we are to very proud to announce that we are recording our first ever Christmas CD!

We have once again booked World of Brass and its most senior producer/engineer Mr Richard Scott to mastermind our latest CD recording project.

Mr Scott is not only the man behind almost every Black Dyke CD recording made for Obrasso and most other record labels over the past thirty years but he is also responsible for the annual best-selling brass band CD of “Areas” test pieces and took charge of our CD recording “From Sinatra To Wicked” so successfully Autumn, 2017.

Our first ever Christmas CD recording will feature a host of brand new arrangements made especially by our MD Chris Wormald and Bass Trombonist Declan Cullen, a former Smithills School and Huddersfield University student, together with published arrangements including the iconic “A Christmas Fantasy” by Gordon Langford.

The recordings will take place over the weekend of Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st.

Movies, Musicals & Miscellany!

On Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm the award-winning Eagley Brass Band and its Musical Director Chris Wormald will once again be taking to our Victoria Hall stage together with Smithills Community Choir, Smithills Community Wind Band and pianist Robert Aston to present another of their highly popular and always well attended concerts. The title of their latest evening is Movies, Musicals & Miscellany!

The concert will feature iconic music from multiple James BondJaws, Batman, Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones films together with “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” and an extended audience participation highlight of “Les Miserables” featuring every song from the hit musical which is now fast approaching its 35th year! It is hoped that everyone in the audience will join in if they wish (all lyrics will be provided free of charge on entry to the hall) and for those who are particularly keen to join in, there will also be a pre-concert rehearsal with the full band, choir and piano on stage at 6pm!

Tickets for this exciting concert are now on sale and available from the Victoria Hall Box Office (Tel. 522569), Our Contact Us page, Booth’s Music Shop (Tel. 522908), Jeff James Hairdressing (Tel. 595157), Smithills School Main Reception (Tel. 842382), www.egertontickets.com or on the door.

Happy Birthday Mr President!

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Today, Friday May 18th, everyone at Eagley Band sends their very best wishes to our Band President, Gerry Russell, on the occasion of his 74th birthday! 

We all wish Gerry a very, very happy birthday and a lovely day.