“Bolton’s Eagley Band, which this year celebrates its 170th anniversary, once again returns to the Victoria Hall in conjunction with Smithills Community Choir and Band under the directorship of Musical Director Chris Wormald for their annual Concert For St George. Following another packed and hugely popular evening at their Christmas Concert in December, Eagley and Smithills Community will once again perform and entertain an audience and family friendly programme of popular and well known music which will feature audience participation in Jerusalem, Land of Hope And Glory, Rule Britannia and many other songs and pieces associated with their annual St George’s Concert given on behalf of Rotary Charities. As ever, Eagley and Smithills Community concerts start at 7.30pm with a twenty minute interval at 8.25pm and an anticipated conclusion time of 9.45pm. All tickets are just £5 and will go on sale from February 1st.“
Our programme included lots of audience participation in the traditional carols and, of course, the obligatory finale of The Twelve Days of Christmas with lots of organised fun and invited chaos within the choir, massed bands and audience!
One of the highlights was a beautiful arrangement of Silent Night which featured over one thousand people humming the melody whilst we played the three verse arrangement by our MD Chris Wormald. The effect was magical and no need for any word sheets or big screen projections!
Our next Victoria Hall gala concert is on Saturday April 18th 2020 at 7.30pm when we give our annual charity evening in aid of Bolton Lions together with Smithills Community Choir and Band.
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Only two weeks after we raised many thousands of pounds more for two fantastic local, Lancashire charities through our music at Bolton’s Victoria Hall (in aid of Bolton Lions and the International Aid Trust) on Sunday afternoon, April 28th, nine of our female band members took part in the annual Bolton Hospice ‘Muddy Maniacs’ 5,000 metres Obstacle Course and Fun Run at Burr’s Country Park in Bury, raising over £1,000 in the process whilst having a great time!
Organised by our Solo Cornet player Lynsey Hayes and led by her and our Chair and Solo Horn player Deb Lyons on the day, our nine Eagley Band ladies, supported by a network of other players, family, friends and our MD all converged in Bury on the Sunday lunchtime in glorious weather after torrential rain only the day before had certainly left the course very soft in places!
Hundreds of people from all over the northwest participated in the “Total Wipeout Meets It’s A Knockout” type Sunday fun, with obstacles ranging from descending soapy water slides and inflatable tunnels filled with soapy water to crawling under netting, scaling 3 metre high netted climbing frames, dodging huge inflatable, hanging space hoppers to actually riding space hoppers around a short circuit having just walked around a grassy zigzag path carrying a heavy tree log above head height. The organisers had certainly thought of everything!As the photographs show, all nine of our Eagley participants had a great afternoon and all completed the course successfully, in doing so raising another hugely impressive sum of money for another great local charity in Bolton Hospice.
As the photographs show here and on the Gallery page, all nine of our Eagley participants had a great afternoon and all completed the course successfully, in doing so raising another hugely impressive sum of money for another great local charity in Bolton Hospice.
On Saturday evening, April 13th 2019, we once again took to the stage of Bolton’s Victoria Hall with our MD Chris Wormald in front of hundreds and hundreds of people to perform another Charity Gala Concert on behalf of Bolton Lions Club and International Aid Trust, a fantastic charity based in Preston and founded by the Reverend Bernard Cocker almost thirty years ago and who attended our concert in person.
Special overseas guests Bill and Ellie Miller from North Carolina and Mark Almond from San Francisco, USA flew in over the Atlantic from opposite coasts of America especially to take in the concert and a great night was enjoyed by all. The concert certainly was another triumph for us all at Eagley, for Smithills Community Choir and Band, which performed together with Eagley after the interval, and for the two charities too. The reaction of the audience to every piece was superb.
As always, Eagley Band opened the concert and we played to the absolute limit of our abilities and, as the photographs illustrate, to the very best standard of presentation too. Our programme included Don’t Rain On My Parade, Gladiator, B.B. & C.F., Cry Me A River (sung superbly by John Kearns with Eagley Band accompaniment) and many more pieces too.
A particular highlight of the second half was the double figure of soloists in Buglers’ Holiday which, arguably of course, drew the biggest ovation of the evening, such was the prowess of the soloists and the accompanying band.
It is too soon to know how much money was raised for the charities from the large audience which attended but certainly thousands of pounds were taken in advance ticket sales and on the door in addition to a superb raffle which was organised and announced by Eagley Band President and Trustee Mr Gerry Russell.
Our next Victoria Hall Gala Concert in Bolton is so close now, Saturday 13th April at 7.30pm in aid of the Bolton Lions Charity and especially International Aid Trust, a fantastic Lancashire charity which we are more than happy to support!
Our programme will include The Incredibles, Thunderbirds, Gladiator, Cry Me A River, Amazing Grace, Buglers Holiday, Don’t Rain On My Parade, Stravinsky Firebird, Jerusalem, Land of Hope And Glory and many more!
Saturday April 13th, 7.30pm, the Victoria Hall in Bolton, just £5.
It’s free parking all day and all evening at NCP Topp Way Car Park or just £1.50 (night rate) in the Victoria Hall Car Park.
See you there hopefully!