“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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For the fourth consecutive year, the Eagley Band and Smithills Community Band and Choir Christmas Concert in aid of Bolton Hospice takes place on the nearest December Saturday to Christmas Day. We can’t wait! This year the date is Saturday December 21st at 7.30pm, so once again we are fortunate not to be clashing with the Grand Final of BBC1 “Strictly Come Dancing” which finishes the previous Saturday.
As every year, the concert will feature plenty of family audience participation throughout, not only with the singing of traditional carols in between band and choir items, but the now traditional finale of standing up, sitting down and general chaos in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” finale!
Our brand new, full colour, glossy tickets for this year’s concert are already selling faster than ever and with our last three Victoria Hall Christmas concerts being packed full, it is always a pleasure for all the band members, singers, conductor Chris Wormald and pianist Robert Aston to know that everyone on stage will be performing to a huge audience of over a thousand people in a great atmosphere from first note to last. Of course everyone looks forward to the “Twelve Days of Christmas” finale as the climax of the evening, but no Christmas concert is complete without the dimmed lights and beautiful sounds of wonderful carols such as Silent Night, Away In A Manger and The First Nowell amongst others.
In addition to such public domain carols known and loved the world over, there will be the short, annual presentation of Eagley Band Awards in the first half of the concert. These include Bandsperson of The Year, Players’ Player of The Year, Most Improved Player of The Year and the Musical Director’s Award. Previous winners of the trophies in the past two years have been Marcus Atty, Rebecca Crompton, Geoff Gliddon, Lynsey Hayes, Caitlin Stranks, Leo Turner-Patel, Lilly Taylor and Martyn Walsh, so it remains to be seen who will win this Christmas!
As always, tickets priced at just £5 for everybody are available from the Victoria Hall box office (in person or on line), from Booth’s Music, Jeff James Hairdressing, Bolton Hospice and the Bolton Hospice Shop, Smithills School Reception, Egerton tickets (on line with no booking fee at all) or on the door if the concert isn’t completely sold out before the night.
We look forward to another fantastic evening of Christmas music in the Victoria Hall on Saturday December 21st!
Once again we at Eagley Band have been very busy on behalf of our local community, the town of Bolton as a whole and our Second World War heroes this past week.
Last Sunday, November 10th, we once again led the huge, annual Remembrance Sunday Parade in Little Lever as we have done for many decades and this year in particular, due to the stunning Sunday morning Autumn weather, an even bigger, huge crowd of well over 3,000 people gathered as we marched through the town and then formed up at the cenotaph to play the hymn tunes St Gertrude and Crimond as everyone joined in and sang the hymns with us. The atmosphere was even better than ever this Remembrance Sunday and the reverence shown by everyone was exemplary. Following the Last Post and Reveille, we then marched back to the church where our march traditionally begins and, as always, then gave a wonderfully received two hour indoor concert in the afternoon commencing at 2.30pm.
This Sunday, November 17th, it was a pleasure to be the latest band to take part in the Boarshurst Band ‘live streamed’ evening concert series which has featured bands ranging from Milnrow to Faireys this year. Commencing at 8pm, we performed two, one hour sets of music, many of the titles we performed being published arrangements by Obrasso and Kirklees Music made by our own MD Chris Wormald, plus three traditional brass band marches composed a century ago; Knight Templar, The President and O.R.B.
Our three, superb featured soloists during the concert were Principal Cornet Lynsey Hayes, Principal Euphonium Caitlin Stranks and Flugel Horn player Janet Walsh. They performed “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry,” “Portrait of My Love” and “Saving All My Love For You” respectively and all to great applause from the audience. All three of our Eagley Band soloists were greeted with wonderful applause before they had even finished the final notes of their respective solos – always a reassuring and most welcome sign to any solo performer that their efforts have been both excellently played and particularly well received by those watching and listening.
Our next musical tasks are to lead the parade for the Bolton Town Centre Christmas Lights on Thursday of this week (November 21st) and to prepare varied programmes of traditional carols and Christmas music for our usual schedule of annual Christmas Concerts throughout December, the climax of which is our fourth successive Bolton Hospice Victoria Hall Christmas Concert on Saturday December 21st at 7.30pm together with Smithills Community Choir and Band and pianist Robert Aston, for which tickets are already on sale and selling as fast as every year.
On Saturday October 12th we gave a superb, full concert in Trinity Methodist Church from 7.30pm to a large and enthusiastic Bolton audience! Our programme included a number of brand new arrangements made especially for this season, which we had never before played in public, and from the opening notes of the stunning march O.R.B. to the final notes of A Disney Fantasy at the end of the evening, the band had a truly fantastic night.
Our excellent stand up soloists for the evening were Caitlin Stranks (Euphonium) and Janet Walsh (Flugel Horn) and together with the equally outstanding Lynsey Hayes playing Principal Cornet, to see more photos from this concert visit our Gallery Page.
This Saturday sees the start of a really busy and fantastic run up to Christmas for the band with our full concert at Trinity Methodist Church in Bolton.
Then we have Remembrance Sunday, the ‘live’ streamed concert from Boarshurst Band Club the following weekend and our usual crop of Christmas concert bookings from Little Lever to Blackrod and Egerton to the Victoria Hall once again to round things off perfectly on Saturday December 21st (although we do have a few more small jobs after that as well!).
Please come along to Trinity Methodist Church off Bury Road in Bolton this Saturday if you can! It will always be great to see you there.
On Saturday night July 6th we once again took to the stage of Bolton’s Victoria Hall for another gala concert with our friends from Smithills Community Music and our shared MD Chris Wormald. What a great concert it was again too!
The evening was not only another one of our very best ever, but certainly one of the hottest in terms of temperature on stage which many of us can remember too, undoubtedly affected by the sheer size of the audience which came to watch. We aren’t complaining about that though and it is wonderful to perform in front of so many people!
Our concert began with the fantastic played march O.R.B. and the cornet solo Cry Me A River played by Lynsey Hayes as she did with the band so superbly four weeks earlier in Amboise at the French Open Brass Band Championships. New York! New York! featured the audience and special guest vocalist Andrew Whittle who came up from the audience to join us.
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Famously educated at Bolton School and forever proud of his north west heritage having been born and raised in Burnley, Wigan and Bolton, legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen is currently in the middle of a nine month sell-out tour of UK theatres from January through to September to celebrate his 80th birthday and 80th birthday year. On Friday evening May 24th, the eve of his actual 80th birthday the following day, Sir Ian is Guest of Honour at a Gala Dinner being held at Bolton School, where he made his acting debut nearly 70 years ago and as part of the celebration there will be an hour long set of brass band music performed by Eagley Band as well as playing Happy Birthday for Sir Ian arranged especially by our MD!
From The Royal Shakespeare Company and Coronation Street to X-Men and all six Lord of The Rings films, Sir Ian McKellen is known throughout the world as an acting legend of classical stage, screen and television. The exhaustive and extraordinary list of his A-list friendships reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s leading actors, celebrities and personalities of the past and present and we have been booked for this gala event for many months! Sir Ian plays Bolton Town Hall the following night, on his actual birthday of Saturday May 25th, because he considers Bolton to be his acting home and it is therefore the centrepiece of his nine month national tour. Sir Ian also particularly likes brass and wind band marches as his very first choice for the iconic BBC Radio 4 ‘Desert Island Discs’ programme highlighted some years ago, “Stars And Stripes” by J.P. Sousa.
Sir Ian’s 80th birthday tour of 80 dates completely sold out within days of the tickets going on sale and such was the advance demand for tickets that certain venues only sold tickets via ballot!