Deb Lyons

Bolsover Entertainment Contest – Sunday 30th September 2018

by Deb Lyons

Our first experience of the huge Bolsover Entertainment Contest down in Chesterfield was both a superb but ultimately unsuccessful one on Sunday September 30th!

The contest day itself was excellent in every way for us all at Eagley, from the fantastic morning rehearsal in our band room, complete with our new black shirts, the coach journey down to Chesterfield and everything that had been carefully timed out and planned. We had pre-drawn to play fifth in the Second Section of the contest but out of the fifty bands who had entered the event, there were withdrawals in all sections both above and below, so we ended up being Band No.4 in our section and played superbly well.

With every performance being officially streamed live over the internet via websites and social media by the organisers, our performance and that of every other band on the day in the two halls was available for all to see and hear worldwide.

The written adjudicator comments by Mr Dave Lea were completely positive throughout, from ‘excellent opening’ (Birdland) to ‘great choice of march (The Wizard) and the tempo is perfect’ before making numerous positive and entirely complimentary comments from ‘good choice’ to ‘very well played’ with regard to all of our programme (Saving All My Love For You played by Janet Walsh on Flugel Horn, the Genesis song Turn It On Again and our finale of Firebird Final Hymn by Stravinsky featuring our excellent Solo Euphonium player Caitlin Stranks who, as ever, was note perfect under great pressure on the day).

At the announcement of results it was therefore massively disappointing to be placed 8th after such a list of high praise in writing and almost nothing negative scripted at all, especially having won our only other Entertainment Contest with MD Chris Wormald at Ripon last June. The scripted, written comments of the adjudicator certainly didn’t match up to his placing!

To see more highlights from the day, visit our Gallery Page.

It’s not just about the music!

by Deb Lyons

Another great turn out for our latest band social at Baci. Bands are always busy getting ready for the next event, whether it’s a concert, march or contest. Banding made even better when players, friends and families get together to enjoy excellent food and good company. 

To see more photos from the night, see our gallery page. 

First outing for our new walking out jackets

by Deb Lyons

Thanks to everyone who braved the rain & stopped to listen to our afternoon set at this year’s Bolton Food Festival . What difference a year makes, last year the sun was baking hot and this year it was pouring down! However, this gave us the opportunity to wear our new walking out jackets sponsored by Automatic Alarms.

Everyone agreed that they look great and what’s more kept everyone warm and dry .

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!

by Deb Lyons

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

by Deb Lyons

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

by Deb Lyons

 

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.