Concerts

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Two October Saturday Night Concerts!

by Deb Lyons

Now that the Summer is well and truly over and our first public Eagley concert of the Autumn is just a few days away on Saturday September 7th (not to mention the first of our organised band meals is taking place in Egerton the following Friday evening), already October is looking to be another busy month for us at Eagley. Not only are we starting to prepare musically for our own major Victoria Hall concerts and for Butlins Contest in January, we have two more exciting concert bookings on October Saturday evenings; a full concert of our own in Trinity Methodist Church on Bury Road at 7.30pm on Saturday October 12th and then just two weeks later, a welcome return to the Victoria Hall at 7.30pm with Smithills Community Choir and Band on Saturday October 26th on behalf of Bolton Lever Rotary in a “Disney And The Greatest Showman” concert. 

Tickets for both evenings are on sale at just £5 and both organisations are confident that the drawing power of Eagley will ensure that they either sell out or get very close (the last brass band concert our MD Chris Wormald conducted at Trinity Methodist Church was completely packed to the point of standing room only around the sides throughout the whole concert) but it is hoped that there will be a few tickets available to buy on the door for both concerts.
As usual, anyone wishing to buy tickets in advance for peace of mind can do so with pleasure directly from Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate (Tel. 522908), Jeff James Hairdressing opposite Asda Astley Bridge (Tel. 595157) or from our Band President and Trustee Mr Gerry Russell at www.egertontickets.com  without any booking fees whatever. Tickets for October 12th are available from Trinity Methodist Church and for October 26th from the Victoria Hall Box Office (Tel.522569) or on line from the Bolton Methodist Mission website. 

Another Victoria Hall Concert Success!

by Deb Lyons

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. We then continued with our very first performance of West Side Story and the Corrs song Closer, also our very first performance of The Greatest Showman, Also Sprach Zarathustra and the brand new Mary Poppins Returns, Pirates of The Caribbean, Toccata, Live And Let Die, Riverdance and a final encore of New York! New York! featuring the audience and special guest vocalist Andrew Whittle who came up from the audience to join us.

Judging by the amazing audience reaction and the subsequent emails we have received, the concert was yet another huge Eagley and Smithills Community Music success and we look forward to returning to the Victoria Hall together on Saturday October 26th at 7.30pm for an evening of Disney music and a reprise of The Greatest Showman in aid of Bolton Little Lever Rotary Club.

To see photos from the concert, visit our Gallery Page

Playing For Sir Ian McKellen’s 80th Birthday Celebrations!

by Deb Lyons

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!

Another Victoria Hall Concert Triumph!

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. 

 

 

Concert For St George Saturday April 13th 2019 at 7.30pm

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!

Eagley Welcomes Black Dyke Band Back To Bolton

by Deb Lyons

On Saturday evening, March 23rd, the fantastic Black Dyke Band and its Musical Director Nick Childs returned to the Victoria Hall in Bolton, which has become the main concert home for Eagley Band since 2016.

We were delighted to be asked by Professor Childs to perform on the same stage as Black Dyke for their visit and we opened the evening with a pre-concert half hour set to many hundreds of people, which was a great thrill.

 

Our set ranged from The Wizard and Amazing Grace to The Incredibles, Don’t Rain On My Parade and Sing Sing Sing.

Black Dyke Band were in typically stunning form and played everything from Liberty Bell and Ruslan and Ludmilla to the fantastic 1812 Overture to finish the concert.

The volume at the end was incredible! What a finish.

Our MD Chris Wormald was also invited to conduct Black Dyke Band in two pieces, both of which he had arranged, and the whole night was very special for everyone who took part or came to watch.

Professor Childs personally walked onto the Victoria Hall stage at the conclusion of our Eagley Band set to invite us to share the stage with Black Dyke next year and play joint items with them throughout the second half of the concert, which will be a great thrill and huge honour for us in 2020!

 

Black Dyke come to Bolton!

by Deb Lyons

Plans are really taking shape for our Eagley Band pre-concert set in the Victoria Hall on Saturday March 23rd when Black Dyke come to Bolton!

Our exciting programme is finalised, our rehearsals are going superbly well and we can’t wait to see a huge audience come to see us play and welcome the most famous brass band in the world to our town!

 Harry Potter To Feature As Black Dyke Return To Bolton

by Deb Lyons
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.