Concerts

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Eagley Band Supporting the Mayor’s Charities

The Eagley Band, Smithills Community Choir and Band played the Albert Halls. Where more than 500 people enjoyed the concert at the newly re-opened Albert Halls on Saturday evening.

The crowd were entertained by the Eagley Band, Smithills Community Choir and Band, with conductor Chris Wormald and Bolton pianist Robert Aston, who accompanied the choir. 

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Roger Hayes, said: “It goes without saying that I must thank Chris and every performer straight away for another tremendous concert played to a full hall of Bolton people.

“It was another great night for the town.”

The concert was held to raise money for the Mayor’s charities, Urban Outreach, City of Sanctuary and NHS Bolton Hospital Charitable Trust.

The Mayor of Bolton’s 2018 Gala Concert

The Mayor of Bolton’s 2018 Gala Concert featuring The Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Smithills Community Choir, Conductor Chris Wormald & Pianist Robert Aston takes place this Saturday in the Albert Hall at 7.30pm.

The evening promises to be the usual uplifting mix of popular music, fun and audience involvement.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton  warmly invite as many Boltonians as possible who can make it to the concert on Saturday night to snap up the last remaining tickets from either Smithills School Reception (Tel. 842382), Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate (Tel. 522908) or Egerton Tickets.com, then dress up on Saturday and come along to the concert!

Ticket sales have gone really well, so although there will be a few tickets available to buy on the door on Saturday night, these may well will be very limited in number and people will have to be turned way disappointed when the hall is full.

Here’s to another great night on Saturday!

Victoria Hall Christmas Concert Triumph And An Audience of A Thousand!

Our 2017 Christmas Concert with guests Smithills Community Choir and Smithills Community Band in Bolton’s Victoria Hall on Saturday December 16th not only once again attracted a bumper audience of just under a thousand people, but was yet another one of the great, great nights for everyone who was there.

With another huge Victoria Hall audience to entertain (our third in a row this year since our debut in April) and once again in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes and his wife, the atmosphere was superb from the very first note. Our programme included The Polar Express and The Snowman to Sleigh Ride and Merry Christmas Everybody, plus the obligatory White Christmas, Christmas Song and many others. The joint items of Mid-Winter and A Christmas Fantasy with the choir received incredible ovations from the audience and, at the very end of the concert, the audience literally refused to move or go home, demanding at least one encore at the very least! 

 

Throughout the whole concert the atmosphere was superb, the absolute best, and the subsequent messages and e-mails have been proof (if it were needed) that everyone in the audience thoroughly enjoyed a very special night to start off their Christmas.

Like brass bands of all levels and standards, December and the Christmas period in particular are, by far, the busiest weeks of the year and require exceptional commitment from every band member, conductor and band supporter in carrying out a wide variety of full band, small band and even smaller band engagements on a nightly basis. Once again this year December has been an exceptional and highly enjoyable and successful month for Eagley and we hope 2018 will start off just as superbly, with our first appearance in a Second Section Contest (since our promotion) at Butlins in Skegness on Saturday January 13th and almost immediately after that, a Gala Concert in Bolton’s Albert Hall, inside Bolton Town Hall, just two weeks later, on Saturday January 27th at 7.30pm, again in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton.

Bolton Hospice Christmas Concert Tickets now on sale

Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band & Smithills Community Choir Launch Bolton Hospice Christmas Concert Tickets

Saturday 16th December 7.30pm

Tickets for the annual Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Smithills Community Choir Victoria Hall Christmas Concert, in aid of Bolton Hospice on Saturday December 16th, have now gone on sale to the public.

For the first time at these usually packed concerts there will be brand new arrangements of music from Disney’s “Frozen” and animated films “The Snowman” and “Polar Express” plus White Christmas, the Christmas music of Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra, Sleigh Ride, Troika and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas plus many other traditional carols and the usual array of surprises and audience involvements… from Jingle Bells to Away In  Manger!

Music from other Christmas films and requests such as “The Incredibles” from the new Eagley Band CD will also feature in the concert.

Tickets can be bought in person, priced £6 with £5 for concessions, from Eagley Band members, Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate, the Victoria Hall Box Office, Bolton Hospice, Smithills School Reception or on line without any booking fee or charges whatsoever from www.egertontickets.com    all proceeds going directly to Bolton Hospice.

We hope as many people as possible will come along as ever, dress up in red and green, wear Christmas jumpers, whatever everyone would like to wear in order to enter into the Christmas mood!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes and his wife, will be attending the concert as first citizens of the town and the evening promises once again to be fun, fast and festive!

Please forward this e-mail to as many of your contacts as you are able – we hope very much to pack the hall once again and have a great atmosphere as always!

With best wishes and a very early Happy Christmas to all.

Highlights from Sinatra & Wicked

Victoria Hall Concert – Saturday 14th October 2017

The Victoria Hall concert on Saturday night will be remembered as one of the great, great nights. The band was on sensational form from its first note to its last, the stunning performance to literally hundreds and hundreds of people including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton was as near perfect as is possible to imagine and the sound, tuning, balance, tone, acoustic, vibe and atmosphere generated by the huge audience in response to the band’s programme and playing all came together to create the perfect combination on a night when literally everything went right on stage and absolutely nothing went wrong.

If only all concert nights went so perfectly to plan in front of such huge audiences!

The band opened the evening with a faultless performance, first time out too, of the extended arrangement ‘Genesis’ featuring the iconic drum kit duet performed brilliantly by our own Robert Gliddon and Tom Wildgust. The concert continued with many more superb performances of extended arrangements ranging from ‘Toto IV’ to ‘Sinatra’ in which Principal Cornet Geoff Gliddon gave his stunning best performance to date as the band’s leader. Equally superb were the highlights from the musical ‘Wicked’ which also featured Smithills Community Choir conducted by our Eagley Musical Director Chris Wormald, with Robert Aston at the grand piano.

Second half massed items with the Smithills Community Band included the march ‘Punchinello,’ ’Singing In The Rain,’ ‘Satin Doll,’ Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ with many more besides. The concert concluded with Wagner’s ‘Procession To The Minster’ which drew such a huge ovation from the audience that an impromptu encore of ‘Amparito Roca’ was played with audience participation in the opening and closing sections, before everyone left the hall thrilled with the evening’s excellent entertainment.

 

 

Eagley’s next Gala Victoria Hall concert is the annual sell-out ‘Eagley Band and Smithills Community Christmas Concert’ in aid of Bolton Hospice which takes place on Saturday December 16th at 7.30pm

Eagley Band Brochure 2017

by Deb Lyons

Eagley Band Brochure 2017On behalf of Eagley Band, can I say how pleased I am with our first ever Eagley Band Brochure. May I take this opportunity to thank Wallace Printers have done an amazing job and Paul Barron’s photographs of everyone are superb (even though nobody ever likes their own!).

If you want know more about the band and it’s history you will be able to pick a copy up at our forth coming concerts. The next opportunity will be on Saturday 14th  Gala concert in aid of The Mayors Charity, Sinatra & Wicked featuring Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band & Choir 7.30pm. Tickets adults £6 and concession £5.

Deb Lyons

Eagley Band Chairperson

Eagley Band @Bolton Food & Drink Festival

by Deb Lyons
Eagley Band @Bolton Food & Drink Festival

This year is Bolton’s 12th food and drink festival and it promised to be even more magical with a bank holiday weekend of food, drink, fun, family entertainment and live music. Voted the best Food Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities, the festival attracted over 263,000 visitors last year, we were really pleased to be asked for the first time to take part providing a slot on the main stage at Bolton Food & Drink Festival

There was a large audience relaxing with an odd tipple and a bite to eat, enjoying the sun shine as they listened to a varied program, music from Brassed Off featuring Janet Walsh playing the famous flugel horn solo Concierto de Aranjuez, other pieces included TOTO, Genesis and to finish a touch of Sinatra.

Thanks to Daniel Tayler for taking some fab photos, capturing us in action.