Next month, on Saturday March 23rd, the World’s best and most famous brass band, the Black Dyke Band from Queensbury in Yorkshire, returns to Bolton to give a very special concert in aid of Victoria Hall funds. Conducted by Musical Director Professor Nicholas Childs, the band will be performing music from Harry Potter, Pirates of The Caribbean, James Bond, Count Basie and the 1812 Overture amongst a superb programme of fantastic, audience friendly pieces.
The concert begins at 7.30pm and we are delighted and honoured that Professor Childs has invited Eagley Band to perform a pre-concert programme from 6.45pm to 7.25pm as people arrive and settle into their seats. All musicians in Bolton, indeed everyone living in or connected with Bolton, should be thrilled and excited that the world’s greatest brass band is coming back to play in our Victoria Hall to generate desperately needed funds to keep the venue open for us all to continue playing, singing, conducting and performing in it for many years to come if possible.
Following the success of last year’s March visit by Black Dyke, every Bolton instrumentalist, musician and singer involved in making music really should take the opportunity to hear the world’s absolute best perform here in our own town.
With all proceeds from the concert going towards saving the Victoria Hall from closure, tickets are now on sale from the Victoria Hall Box Office (Telephone 522569) on Saturday mornings from 10am, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, on line at www.boltonmethodistmission.org.uk or by telephoning 522569.
Tickets are £15 each but if you can buy 6 tickets together they are £13.50 each.
On Saturday evening, December 22nd, another 1,200 people came to watch, listen and pack into Bolton’s Victoria Hall to attend our 2018 Gala Christmas Concert with our friends from Smithills Community Choir and Smithills Community Band in aid of Bolton Hospice, all conducted by MD Chris Wormald. The queues outside the hall before the concert began were once again right around the block into the street outside and the foyer was completely swamped and overwhelmed with people congregating to buy programmes and CDs even before the concert had started.
What a concert it was too!
As always, Eagley played the whole of the first half, opening with the only non-Christmas piece before the interval, a stunning rendition of The Wizard, and then continuing with an eclectic variety of Christmas and seasonal music ranging from the repertoire of Michael Buble to Benjamin Britten.
Before A Christmas Fantasy by Gordon Langford brought the first half to a typically rousing climax, our band President, Gerry Russell, was welcomed onto the stage to present the annual Eagley trophies for 2018. Most Improved Player went to our Principal Percussionist Leo Turner-Patel, Chris Wormald chose his MD’s Award should go to Rebecca Crompton, the Players’ Player of The Year vote went to Lynsey Hayes and the committee awarded its Band Person of The Year to Marcus Atty.
The second half of the concert welcomed Smithills Community Band to share the stage with us and featured even more audience participation than the first half, ranging from simply singing, then clapping and singing in Jingle Bells and finally to the stand up, sit down Twelve Days of Christmas finale which has become a new, annual favourite for our audiences! The effect is wonderful to see and experience with over 1,200 people participating enthusiastically!
Our Christmas concert finished at 9.50pm and a great evening was had by everyone in the hall, from all those participating on stage to everyone in the audience
To see more photos of the evening, visit our Gallery.
Once again this December, Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band, Smithills Community Choir, Musical Director Chris Wormald and Pianist Robert Aston take to the magnificent stage at the Victoria Hall with an audience involved ‘Gala Christmas Concert’ of seasonal fun for everyone aged from 5 to 105!
As every year, proceeds from this very special Christmas Concert will go to Bolton Hospice but, for the first time this December, there will also be a special donation made to Bolton’s Special Care For Babies Unit – another superb charity very close to many of the Eagley and Smithills musicians and singers.
The fun evening of audience involved Christmas music will feature seasonal favourites and carols ranging from “Silent Night” and “Away In A Manger” to “Sleigh Ride” and “White Christmas” with mighty classics such as “A Christmas Fantasy” by Gordon Longford included together with recent hits such as Michael Buble’s “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and a brilliant new suite for younger audience members from the Tom Hanks film “Polar Express” which will receive its very first public performance at this concert!
As always with Eagley, Smithills and Chris Wormald there will be audience participation from the very start right through to the end, with regular opportunities throughout the evening to win free prizes of chocolate and the brand new 2018 Eagley Christmas CD!
Tickets are all priced at only £5 for everyone this year and with a fantastic 1,000 people attending last year’s Eagley/Smithills Christmas Concert, we hope to fill the hall completely this year on December 22nd!
Please come along of you can!
Tickets are now on sale from the Victoria Hall Box Office, Bolton Hospice and Bolton Hospice shops, Booth’s Music (Churchgate), Smithills School Reception and, without any extra charges whatsoever, www.boltonmethodistmission.org.uk/events and www.egertontickets.com
A POIGNANT service was held to mark 100 years since the armistice of November 11, 1918, which brought an end to the fighting between the Allied forces and Germany during the First World War.
Some 200 people attended the centenary commemoration at Christ Church Walmsley in Egerton, to remember the soldiers who fell while serving their country.
Those gathered included the Bishop of Bolton, Mark Ashcroft, Sir David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, and the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Elaine Sherrington, among other civic and religious leaders.
The service opened with a medley of wartime songs, ‘Keep Smiling Through’, and fanfare, performed by the long-established Eagley Brass Band, led by Musical Director Chris Wormald.
A selection of poetry, readings and moving imagery had been collated for the commemoration, which saw the community come together to remember all experiences, good and bad, of conflicts past and present.
The service featured true stories of courage and bravery, contributed by families living in Bromley Cross.
Cllr Sherrington said: “It was a very moving service commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.
“There were stories of real people who had lived in Bromley Cross, who had served during the War.
“The service was put together very well and I was very pleased to have been invited.”
Church warden Dawn Hitchen was heavily involved in organising the service after being approached by Bromley Cross ward councillors with the idea.
She said: “We wanted to organise a fitting commemoration for those who have lost loved ones, not just during the conflict of the First World War, but in other wars too.
“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended. It was very heartwarming to see people come together.
“Particular thanks go to Eagley Brass Band, who brought the fanfare element to the commemorations. Thanks also go to Mark Head for producing the amazing programme with the help of Ken Holt, and to Derek Bailey who has coordinated various memorabilia from the First World War.”
A heritage day was held in September, when members of the community were encouraged to share remembrances or memorabilia, in word, image or artefact, of the First World War. These memories and real stories were used to form much of the content of the service.
Staff and pupils from local schools also contributed to the gathering, through readings and the creation of various art pieces for the displays.
As part of the service, those gathered joined in with some of the music, including the well-known refrain ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Keep the Home Fire Burning’.
A procession made their way to the front of the church, as children carried candles. The Bishop of Bolton then led the congregation in the act of remembrance before the Last Post rang out and a two minute silence was observed by all of those gathered.
Rev Carol Hayden said: “The service commemorating the First World War armistice was a great act of community remembrance, giving us the opportunity to collectively remember those who gave their lives.
“It was a well-attended event with representatives from across the whole community — young and old.
“The service comprised of many elements including the lighting of candles by school children and music played by Eagley Brass Band. We also heard the stories of local soldiers that served during the First World War, which was particularly poignant as they were personal and connected to our local area.
“Thanks and credit goes to those who worked hard to organise the event.”
Photograph from This is Lancashire
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.
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.
On Saturday 7th July at 7.30pm the award-winning Eagley Brass Band and its Musical Director Chris Wormald will once again be taking to our Victoria Hall stage together with Smithills Community Choir, Smithills Community Wind Band and pianist Robert Aston to present another of their highly popular and always well attended concerts. The title of their latest evening is Movies, Musicals & Miscellany!
The concert will feature iconic music from multiple James Bond, Jaws, Batman, Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones films together with “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” and an extended audience participation highlight of “Les Miserables” featuring every song from the hit musical which is now fast approaching its 35th year! It is hoped that everyone in the audience will join in if they wish (all lyrics will be provided free of charge on entry to the hall) and for those who are particularly keen to join in, there will also be a pre-concert rehearsal with the full band, choir and piano on stage at 6pm!
Tickets for this exciting concert are now on sale and available from the Victoria Hall Box Office (Tel. 522569), Our Contact Us page, Booth’s Music Shop (Tel. 522908), Jeff James Hairdressing (Tel. 595157), Smithills School Main Reception (Tel. 842382), www.egertontickets.com or on the door.