Contests

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Consolidation At Blackpool After Our January Promotion

by Deb Lyons

On Sunday February 25th we made our Eagley Band debut in the 2nd Section Area Contest of the North West Area Regional Qualifying Competition for the 2018 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Just a year ago, on the corresponding weekend in February 2017, Eagley had been competing in the 3rd Section at the same venue and although we drew to play last of all the bands on that day (a draw which no band ever wants), our 5th place on that occasion ensured promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018.

Following £700 prize money in finishing 3rd place in the 2nd Section of the 2018 Butlins Contest in January, hopes were certainly high for a great Eagley result at Blackpool this year, but once again with no luck whatsoever at the draw, Eagley drew to play at the very end of the day again for the second year in a row, this time playing No.20 of the 21 competing bands, and in doing so the band once again failed to find favour with the adjudicators. Much fancied rivals Delph, who qualified for the 2017 National Brass Band Championship Finals at Cheltenham, were surprisingly placed a very lowly 19th of the 21 competing bands in the results of the day and with other favoured bands placed 15th, 17th and 18th, Eagley’s placing of 11th was far from as bad as might have been the case on a day when the 2nd Section North West Area results were certainly very far away from the form guide and predicted outcomes.

Here’s to Blackpool 2019 and hopefully drawing to play much earlier in the day!

Eagley Win £700 At 2018 Butlins Brass Band Championships

by Deb Lyons

 

We are delighted to announce that following our win at the 2017 Ripon Brass Band Contest, we have won another £700 prize at the 2018 Butlins Brass Band Championships held in Skegness!

Having only been promoted from the Third Section into the Second Section from January 1st this year, just eleven days later we took on fourteen established Second Section bands at Butlins against whom we should have had little chance of achieving any success at all, but not only were we awarded Third Place in the contest and the excellent £700 prize money which went with it, we were within a whisker of winning the competition, such were the fine margins at the top of the section.

Conductor Chris Wormald said “Achieving Third Place in such a major contest just eleven days after being promoted is quite incredible. As a conductor I don’t think I have ever been more happy with achieving a Third Place in a contest before and it is a tribute to the fantastic effort and hard work of all the players. Having said that, a number of observers on the day thought that we had achieved the impossible and actually won the contest outright, such was the quality of our performance at this new, higher level.”

Eagley can next be heard in concert as early as Saturday January 27th in The Albert Hall (Bolton Town Hall) in a Gala Concert in aid of the Mayor of Bolton’s charity. The programme will include many popular tunes and spectacular film music. Tickets for the charity concert are just £6 (£5 concessions) available from Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate and Egerton Tickets

4barsrest – Report & Results: 2017 Ripon Cathedral Entertainment

by Deb Lyons

See the full rests from Ripon Contest 2017 as reported by 4barsrest.

We have only competed at Ripon Entertainments Contest for the last two years; each time has been a fabulous day, the contest organisers, the smooth running of the whole day, the marshals make this a great contest to enter in a wonderful setting of Ripon Cathedral. Unfortunately we are unable to enter next year due to our promotion to second section however, we would recommend this contest to any eligible bands, guaranteed a great day. 

Eagley Band wins first competition in 20 years

by Deb Lyons

Bolton News 6th June 2017

Eagley Band is celebrating its first competition win in more than 20 years after it came out on top in the Ripon Cathedral Contest.

The Eagley Band performed the winning programme of music by composers including Stravinsky, Hampton Callaway, Lovland, Conti and Giacchino on Saturday.

The performance, conducted by musical director Chris Wormald, came away with trophies and prize money for best music programme, best entertainment and overall champions.

Chairman and band manager Deb Lyons, who has been at the band for 35 years, said: “I cannot describe what this win means to me personally and to the band. We have waited so many years to win a contest and the feeling is brilliant again.