Deb Lyons

Happy Birthday Mr President!

by Deb Lyons


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.

Buckingham Palace Honour For Our MD

by Deb Lyons

Exactly 30 years after our MD Chris Wormald shook hands with Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on their Royal Visit to Bolton in 1988, Chris has attended the latest Buckingham Palace Royal Garden Party in London at the invitation of Her Majesty on Tuesday May 15th.
In baking sunshine and temperatures soaring to 27C, the latest Royal Garden Party saw Her Majesty The Queen invite 3,000 honoured nominees to the Palace just four days before the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

It was announced at the Garden Party that Her Majesty would only be attending two such Buckingham Palace Royal Garden Parties this year and every year from now on, of which this was the first of 2018.
Other members of the Royal family in attendance at the Garden Party on Tuesday afternoon were Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Back in 1988, when Chris was Head of Brass Instrumental Teaching for Bolton Education Authority and the year before he was first appointed to Eagley in 1989, he conducted the brass band which greeted Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, as they arrived by the Royal Train at Bolton Station.




Movies, Musicals & Miscellany

by Deb Lyons

On Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm we will once again be taking to the fantastic stage of the Victoria Hall in Bolton together with Smithills Community Choir, Smithills Community Band and Bolton pianist Robert Aston to present our next Gala Concert, Movies, Musicals & Miscellany.

The concert will feature music from the Batman, Mission Impossible and Jaws films for the very first time, together with an extended James Bond feature and an audience participation Les Miserables featuring every song from the hit musical which is now fast approaching its 40th year!

Tickets for our concert are now on sale and available from the Victoria Hall Box Office, Booth’s Music, Smithills School Main Reception, Egerton and from Eagley Band members or on the door on the night.

Please come along and have another great Eagley night with us!

Band Awards 2017

by Deb Lyons

Band Awards for 2017

This year saw the reintroduction of our band awards –  these were awarded at one of our ever growing social events:

Player’s player (voted for by the band) – Geoff Gliddon

Bandsman (voted for by the committee)– Martyn Walsh

MD’s Award – Lilly Taylor.

Most Improved Player (which is the Gwen Thomas shield) – Caitlin Stranks

Our 2018 awards will be announced at our Christmas Victoria Hall concert – 22nd December

Christie’s Hospital Concert Success

On Saturday 21st April, Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd birthday, we gave a fantastic Eagley Band and Smithills Community Band and Choir St George’s concert in aid of the Christie Hospital at the Victoria Hall, Bolton.
What another fantastic night it was too!
We performed a number of brand new arrangements in the first half, from Thunderbirds, Back To The Future and How Far I’ll Go (from Disney’s Moana) to Live And Let Die and with our first half programme closing with Benedictus (played superbly by Solo Euphonium Caitlin Stranks, who turned 18 last week) and Mahler’s Resurrection, it was another amazing and really enjoyable time on stage for Eagley. 
The second half opened with Macarthur Park, Mars (from The Planets), Hushabye Mountain and a twelve minute John Williams tribute, so our stamina was certainly put to the test in front of another massive audience but most importantly, many thousands of pounds were being raised for the North West’s leading cancer hospital.

The fantastic evening was added to by Bolton pianist/organist Robert Aston, special guest singer John Kearns, announcer Jeff Hartley of Bolton Lions, their current President, and the whole evening conducted and compered by our own MD, Chris Wormald.
Whilst it will take some time for the respective treasurers to establish the huge cheque which will be sent to Christie’s Hospital, never before have organisers collected so much money on the night of a Victoria Hall concert. When all of the ticket monies and advertising have been totalled up, thousands of pounds will be presented to The Christie.

Eagley Presents £2,000 To The Mayor of Bolton

On Wednesday 28th March 2018, MD Chris Wormald together with Caitlin Stranks (Principal Euphonium), Lilly Taylor (Soprano Cornet) and Mrs Ann Hardman of Smithills Community Music presented the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton with a cheque for £2,000 from our recent joint concert in aid of the Mayor of Bolton’s Charity.

The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes, has attended all of our major Victoria Hall and Albert Hall Eagley Band concerts this past year and was delighted to welcome our musicians and conductor to his parlour in Bolton Town Hall.

Concert For Christie’s Hospital

On Saturday April 21st, and for the first time ever, Eagley Band and Smithills Community musicians and singers will be raising money for the Christie Hospital. The award-winning Bolton musicians, singers and their conductor Chris Wormald will once again take to the stage of the superb Victoria Hall to raise as much money as possible for this major cancer hospital at their annual Night of Music For St George.
Christie’s Hospital
Eagley and Smithills have teamed up to raise money for Bolton Hospice, Help For Heroes, the RNLI, Bolton Lions, Bolton Rotary and The Mayor of Bolton’s Charity but now it is the turn of the magnificent Christie’s Hospital.
Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd Birthday
Not only will Saturday April 21st be the annual Night of Music for St George and feature guest singer John Kearns, it is also the exact date of Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd birthday, so there will be the usual audience participation in Jerusalem, Land of Hope And Glory, Rule Britannia, the National Anthem and much more besides!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & Thunderbirds
The concert will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a tribute to the iconic puppets of Thunderbirds, Mars from The Planets, a spectacular new Back To The Future feature and an extended arrangement of music by composer John Williams which includes Harry Potter, Star Wars. Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones and E.T.
Tickets priced at just £6 (£5 concessions) are available from Booth’s Music in Bolton, the Victoria Hall Box Office, Smithills School Main Reception and via the internet at which is kindly run by Eagley Band President Gerry Russell, one of the Octagon Theatre founders.
For further information, please visit or contact Chris Wormald at or visit

Band President – Mr Gerry Russell

by Deb Lyons

Gerry Russell has lived and worked in Bolton for over fifty years and was one of the five people responsible for the design and building of the town’s World famous Octagon Theatre, which opened back in 1967.

Born in 1944 in the West Midlands town of Wolverhampton, Gerry was involved in the design of the initial lighting and sound systems for the Octagon Theatre from the outset in 1965 whilst still a student at Loughborough Teacher Training College. When the Octagon Theatre was completed and opened remarkably quickly, by 1967, Gerry was the theatre’s first ever electrician and stayed in the post for two years until he had decided that Bolton would be his permanent home for life and needed a fresh challenge as a young man still only in his mid-twenties. By 1982 Gerry had started his own business in Bolton, G N Systems, which he ran very successfully for over thirty years until retiring in November 2013. 

Gerry is very proud, honoured and delighted to be the President of Eagley Band.