Deb Lyons

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

Eagley Band Brochure 2017

by Deb Lyons

Eagley Band Brochure 2017On behalf of Eagley Band, can I say how pleased I am with our first ever Eagley Band Brochure. May I take this opportunity to thank Wallace Printers have done an amazing job and Paul Barron’s photographs of everyone are superb (even though nobody ever likes their own!).

If you want know more about the band and it’s history you will be able to pick a copy up at our forth coming concerts. The next opportunity will be on Saturday 14th  Gala concert in aid of The Mayors Charity, Sinatra & Wicked featuring Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band & Choir 7.30pm. Tickets adults £6 and concession £5.

Deb Lyons

Eagley Band Chairperson

Bolton News reader’s letter: Support from Food and Drink Festival crowd was amazing

by Deb Lyons

HAVING conducted Eagley Band at the superb Bolton Food Festival on Sunday afternoon, may I thank the many hundreds of listeners to our performance on the Le Mans Crescent stage who gave every piece that we played a rapturous ovation, making the band and myself feel so very welcome.

The massive audience particularly enthused about our major items such as Sinatra, Genesis, Toto and Wicked, all of which we are to perform indoors in the Mayor’s Charity Gala Concert in the fantastic acoustics of the Victoria Hall on Saturday, October 14, at 7.30pm.

We hope everyone at the Food Festival will come and support Eagley and Smithills once again that evening and take the opportunity to enjoy a great night with us in the town centre.

Thank you again to everyone who watched, applauded, cheered and stood up in huge numbers throughout our concert on Sunday as literally every available seat was taken and the crescent completely packed.

Chris Wormald

MD Eagley Band

Bolton News 1st September 2017

Eagley Band @Bolton Food & Drink Festival

by Deb Lyons
Eagley Band @Bolton Food & Drink Festival

This year is Bolton’s 12th food and drink festival and it promised to be even more magical with a bank holiday weekend of food, drink, fun, family entertainment and live music. Voted the best Food Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities, the festival attracted over 263,000 visitors last year, we were really pleased to be asked for the first time to take part providing a slot on the main stage at Bolton Food & Drink Festival

There was a large audience relaxing with an odd tipple and a bite to eat, enjoying the sun shine as they listened to a varied program, music from Brassed Off featuring Janet Walsh playing the famous flugel horn solo Concierto de Aranjuez, other pieces included TOTO, Genesis and to finish a touch of Sinatra.

Thanks to Daniel Tayler for taking some fab photos, capturing us in action.

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.

Sinatra & Wicked

We are please to announce our latest concert,

Sinatra & Wicked

This Gala concert will be staged at The Victoria Halls Bolton, in aid of The Mayor’s Charity

Cllr Hayes anticipates a busy year ahead with his Mayoral duties: “I am very proud to have been chosen to represent the people of Bolton, it is a huge honor and I look forward to raising the profile of Bolton and meeting people from all walks of life.” For more details about this years charities click here.

Tickets are now on sale, adults £6 and concessions £5. Tickets can be purchased at a range of venues – Victoria Hall Box office, Smithills Secondary school main office, Booths music shop and on the door. 

Tickets can also be booked via our contact page.

 

4barsrest – Report & Results: 2017 Ripon Cathedral Entertainment

by Deb Lyons

See the full rests from Ripon Contest 2017 as reported by 4barsrest.

We have only competed at Ripon Entertainments Contest for the last two years; each time has been a fabulous day, the contest organisers, the smooth running of the whole day, the marshals make this a great contest to enter in a wonderful setting of Ripon Cathedral. Unfortunately we are unable to enter next year due to our promotion to second section however, we would recommend this contest to any eligible bands, guaranteed a great day. 

Eagley Band wins first competition in 20 years

by Deb Lyons

Bolton News 6th June 2017

Eagley Band is celebrating its first competition win in more than 20 years after it came out on top in the Ripon Cathedral Contest.

The Eagley Band performed the winning programme of music by composers including Stravinsky, Hampton Callaway, Lovland, Conti and Giacchino on Saturday.

The performance, conducted by musical director Chris Wormald, came away with trophies and prize money for best music programme, best entertainment and overall champions.

Chairman and band manager Deb Lyons, who has been at the band for 35 years, said: “I cannot describe what this win means to me personally and to the band. We have waited so many years to win a contest and the feeling is brilliant again.

Smithills and Eagley Band in concert at The Victoria Hall

by Deb Lyons

HUNDREDS of music fans turned out for the first in an ambitious double bill of performances by a Bolton band.

Musicians and singers brought the music of the movies to Victoria Hall on Saturday.

The In Hollywood gala concert featured film favourites by such as composer John William and Hans Zimmerman.

Joined by special guests the Eagley Brass Band, the Smithills choir and band conjured up memories of superheroes, far off galaxies, fairy tales, pirates and even rampaging dinosaurs.

Musical director Chris Wormald celebrates 27 years as principal conductor at Smithills and thanked the hundreds of “amazingly supportive” Boltonians who packed into the hall for concert in aid of Bolton Lions Club.

He said: “It is always a challenge to fill Bolton’s largest concert venue and raise as much money as possible for great charities such as the Bolton Lions, so to attract such huge numbers once again as Smithills and Eagley managed on Saturday evening was not only a great thrill for myself and every performer, parent, family member and friend who came, but for the charity too, whose many representatives at the concert were so appreciative.

“Without the support of the Bolton News and the fantastic Bolton public, staging such huge concerts with nearly 300 instrumentalists and singers on stage would be a thankless task, but when all the performers look out from the stage at a packed hall of smiling faces throughout, every ounce of our efforts is worthwhile.”

The concert included music from Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles, Braveheart, Jurassic Park, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables and, in a first for the musicians, Wicked.

Lions musical fundraiser cash to be used for cancer screening event

Smithills & Eagley Bands Raise £1,300 For Children’s Hospice

Smithills School Senior Brass Band and The Eagley Band joined forces with Smithills School Community Choir in Bolton Parish Church on Saturday evening July 9th to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice. With monies still to come in, a superb evening raised over £1,300.

The programme featured Knight Templar, Riverdance, Locus Iste, Birdland, Bohemian Rhapsody, Jubilation, MacArthur Park, Benedictus, Deep Harmony, Under The Boardwalk, What I Did For Love, Nothin’ Like A Dame and many more audience favourites.

Eagley conductor Matthew Ryan was himself a Smithills pupil and musician from the age of 11 through to 18 taught by Smithills conductor Chris Wormald many years ago and a number of Eagley Band’s members are current and former Smithills players.

The concert was the final Smithills performance of its 2016 season before the band travels to Ireland on Wednesday July 13th to play three concerts in Cork, led for the final time by Principal Cornet Sophie Dunlevy, who will have completed 4 seasons as the latest outstanding Principal Cornet with Smithills.