Deb Lyons

Eagley Band Supporting the Mayor’s Charities

The Eagley Band, Smithills Community Choir and Band played the Albert Halls. Where more than 500 people enjoyed the concert at the newly re-opened Albert Halls on Saturday evening.

The crowd were entertained by the Eagley Band, Smithills Community Choir and Band, with conductor Chris Wormald and Bolton pianist Robert Aston, who accompanied the choir. 

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Roger Hayes, said: “It goes without saying that I must thank Chris and every performer straight away for another tremendous concert played to a full hall of Bolton people.

“It was another great night for the town.”

The concert was held to raise money for the Mayor’s charities, Urban Outreach, City of Sanctuary and NHS Bolton Hospital Charitable Trust.

The Mayor of Bolton’s 2018 Gala Concert

The Mayor of Bolton’s 2018 Gala Concert featuring The Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Smithills Community Choir, Conductor Chris Wormald & Pianist Robert Aston takes place this Saturday in the Albert Hall at 7.30pm.

The evening promises to be the usual uplifting mix of popular music, fun and audience involvement.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton  warmly invite as many Boltonians as possible who can make it to the concert on Saturday night to snap up the last remaining tickets from either Smithills School Reception (Tel. 842382), Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate (Tel. 522908) or Egerton Tickets.com, then dress up on Saturday and come along to the concert!

Ticket sales have gone really well, so although there will be a few tickets available to buy on the door on Saturday night, these may well will be very limited in number and people will have to be turned way disappointed when the hall is full.

Here’s to another great night on Saturday!

Eagley Win £700 At 2018 Butlins Brass Band Championships

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We are delighted to announce that following our win at the 2017 Ripon Brass Band Contest, we have won another £700 prize at the 2018 Butlins Brass Band Championships held in Skegness!

Having only been promoted from the Third Section into the Second Section from January 1st this year, just eleven days later we took on fourteen established Second Section bands at Butlins against whom we should have had little chance of achieving any success at all, but not only were we awarded Third Place in the contest and the excellent £700 prize money which went with it, we were within a whisker of winning the competition, such were the fine margins at the top of the section.

Conductor Chris Wormald said “Achieving Third Place in such a major contest just eleven days after being promoted is quite incredible. As a conductor I don’t think I have ever been more happy with achieving a Third Place in a contest before and it is a tribute to the fantastic effort and hard work of all the players. Having said that, a number of observers on the day thought that we had achieved the impossible and actually won the contest outright, such was the quality of our performance at this new, higher level.”

Eagley can next be heard in concert as early as Saturday January 27th in The Albert Hall (Bolton Town Hall) in a Gala Concert in aid of the Mayor of Bolton’s charity. The programme will include many popular tunes and spectacular film music. Tickets for the charity concert are just £6 (£5 concessions) available from Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate and Egerton Tickets

Victoria Hall Christmas Concert Triumph And An Audience of A Thousand!

Our 2017 Christmas Concert with guests Smithills Community Choir and Smithills Community Band in Bolton’s Victoria Hall on Saturday December 16th not only once again attracted a bumper audience of just under a thousand people, but was yet another one of the great, great nights for everyone who was there.

With another huge Victoria Hall audience to entertain (our third in a row this year since our debut in April) and once again in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes and his wife, the atmosphere was superb from the very first note. Our programme included The Polar Express and The Snowman to Sleigh Ride and Merry Christmas Everybody, plus the obligatory White Christmas, Christmas Song and many others. The joint items of Mid-Winter and A Christmas Fantasy with the choir received incredible ovations from the audience and, at the very end of the concert, the audience literally refused to move or go home, demanding at least one encore at the very least! 

 

Throughout the whole concert the atmosphere was superb, the absolute best, and the subsequent messages and e-mails have been proof (if it were needed) that everyone in the audience thoroughly enjoyed a very special night to start off their Christmas.

Like brass bands of all levels and standards, December and the Christmas period in particular are, by far, the busiest weeks of the year and require exceptional commitment from every band member, conductor and band supporter in carrying out a wide variety of full band, small band and even smaller band engagements on a nightly basis. Once again this year December has been an exceptional and highly enjoyable and successful month for Eagley and we hope 2018 will start off just as superbly, with our first appearance in a Second Section Contest (since our promotion) at Butlins in Skegness on Saturday January 13th and almost immediately after that, a Gala Concert in Bolton’s Albert Hall, inside Bolton Town Hall, just two weeks later, on Saturday January 27th at 7.30pm, again in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton.

*** BRAND NEW FOR DECEMBER 2017 ***

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The Eagley Band

A Brand New CD Recording

What music is featured on the CD? Perhaps everything you could possibly want……

“FROM SINATRA TO WICKED”

Recorded by World of Sound – Producer/Engineer Richard Scott

The Eagley Band & Musical Director Chris Wormald

Special Guest Singers – Smithills Community Choir (two tracks)

Only £10.00 (postage & packing free in the UK)

Please make cheques payable to “THE EAGLEY BAND” and forward to either;

31 Churnet Close Westhoughton BL5 3LF or 42 Sandileigh Drive Bolton BL1 8UF

Bolton Hospice Christmas Concert Tickets now on sale

Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band & Smithills Community Choir Launch Bolton Hospice Christmas Concert Tickets

Saturday 16th December 7.30pm

Tickets for the annual Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Smithills Community Choir Victoria Hall Christmas Concert, in aid of Bolton Hospice on Saturday December 16th, have now gone on sale to the public.

For the first time at these usually packed concerts there will be brand new arrangements of music from Disney’s “Frozen” and animated films “The Snowman” and “Polar Express” plus White Christmas, the Christmas music of Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra, Sleigh Ride, Troika and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas plus many other traditional carols and the usual array of surprises and audience involvements… from Jingle Bells to Away In  Manger!

Music from other Christmas films and requests such as “The Incredibles” from the new Eagley Band CD will also feature in the concert.

Tickets can be bought in person, priced £6 with £5 for concessions, from Eagley Band members, Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate, the Victoria Hall Box Office, Bolton Hospice, Smithills School Reception or on line without any booking fee or charges whatsoever from www.egertontickets.com    all proceeds going directly to Bolton Hospice.

We hope as many people as possible will come along as ever, dress up in red and green, wear Christmas jumpers, whatever everyone would like to wear in order to enter into the Christmas mood!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes and his wife, will be attending the concert as first citizens of the town and the evening promises once again to be fun, fast and festive!

Please forward this e-mail to as many of your contacts as you are able – we hope very much to pack the hall once again and have a great atmosphere as always!

With best wishes and a very early Happy Christmas to all.

Highlights from Sinatra & Wicked

Victoria Hall Concert – Saturday 14th October 2017

The Victoria Hall concert on Saturday night will be remembered as one of the great, great nights. The band was on sensational form from its first note to its last, the stunning performance to literally hundreds and hundreds of people including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton was as near perfect as is possible to imagine and the sound, tuning, balance, tone, acoustic, vibe and atmosphere generated by the huge audience in response to the band’s programme and playing all came together to create the perfect combination on a night when literally everything went right on stage and absolutely nothing went wrong.

If only all concert nights went so perfectly to plan in front of such huge audiences!

The band opened the evening with a faultless performance, first time out too, of the extended arrangement ‘Genesis’ featuring the iconic drum kit duet performed brilliantly by our own Robert Gliddon and Tom Wildgust. The concert continued with many more superb performances of extended arrangements ranging from ‘Toto IV’ to ‘Sinatra’ in which Principal Cornet Geoff Gliddon gave his stunning best performance to date as the band’s leader. Equally superb were the highlights from the musical ‘Wicked’ which also featured Smithills Community Choir conducted by our Eagley Musical Director Chris Wormald, with Robert Aston at the grand piano.

Second half massed items with the Smithills Community Band included the march ‘Punchinello,’ ’Singing In The Rain,’ ‘Satin Doll,’ Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ with many more besides. The concert concluded with Wagner’s ‘Procession To The Minster’ which drew such a huge ovation from the audience that an impromptu encore of ‘Amparito Roca’ was played with audience participation in the opening and closing sections, before everyone left the hall thrilled with the evening’s excellent entertainment.

 

 

Eagley’s next Gala Victoria Hall concert is the annual sell-out ‘Eagley Band and Smithills Community Christmas Concert’ in aid of Bolton Hospice which takes place on Saturday December 16th at 7.30pm