Eagley supporting local Charities

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Another £1,000 Raised For Charity!

Only two weeks after we raised many thousands of pounds more for two fantastic local, Lancashire charities through our music at Bolton’s Victoria Hall (in aid of Bolton Lions and the International Aid Trust) on Sunday afternoon, April 28th, nine of our female band members took part in the annual Bolton Hospice ‘Muddy Maniacs’ 5,000 metres Obstacle Course and Fun Run at Burr’s Country Park in Bury, raising over £1,000 in the process whilst having a great time!

Organised by our Solo Cornet player Lynsey Hayes and led by her and our Chair and Solo Horn player Deb Lyons on the day, our nine Eagley Band ladies, supported by a network of other players, family, friends and our MD all converged in Bury on the Sunday lunchtime in glorious weather after torrential rain only the day before had certainly left the course very soft in places!

Hundreds of people from all over the northwest participated in the “Total Wipeout Meets It’s A Knockout” type Sunday fun, with obstacles ranging from descending soapy water slides and inflatable tunnels filled with soapy water to crawling under netting, scaling 3 metre high netted climbing frames, dodging huge inflatable, hanging space hoppers to actually riding space hoppers around a short circuit having just walked around a grassy zigzag path carrying a heavy tree log above head height. The organisers had certainly thought of everything!As the photographs show, all nine of our Eagley participants had a great afternoon and all completed the course successfully, in doing so raising another hugely impressive sum of money for another great local charity in Bolton Hospice.

As the photographs show here and on the Gallery page, all nine of our Eagley participants had a great afternoon and all completed the course successfully, in doing so raising another hugely impressive sum of money for another great local charity in Bolton Hospice.

Christmas Concert Sell-Out Success!

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.

Gala Christmas Concert in Aid of Bolton Hospice

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  

Victoria Hall Concert Raises £3,100 For Christie’s Hospital

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.

Christie’s Hospital Concert Success

On Saturday 21st April, Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd birthday, we gave a fantastic Eagley Band and Smithills Community Band and Choir St George’s concert in aid of the Christie Hospital at the Victoria Hall, Bolton.
What another fantastic night it was too!
We performed a number of brand new arrangements in the first half, from Thunderbirds, Back To The Future and How Far I’ll Go (from Disney’s Moana) to Live And Let Die and with our first half programme closing with Benedictus (played superbly by Solo Euphonium Caitlin Stranks, who turned 18 last week) and Mahler’s Resurrection, it was another amazing and really enjoyable time on stage for Eagley. 
The second half opened with Macarthur Park, Mars (from The Planets), Hushabye Mountain and a twelve minute John Williams tribute, so our stamina was certainly put to the test in front of another massive audience but most importantly, many thousands of pounds were being raised for the North West’s leading cancer hospital.
 

The fantastic evening was added to by Bolton pianist/organist Robert Aston, special guest singer John Kearns, announcer Jeff Hartley of Bolton Lions, their current President, and the whole evening conducted and compered by our own MD, Chris Wormald.
Whilst it will take some time for the respective treasurers to establish the huge cheque which will be sent to Christie’s Hospital, never before have organisers collected so much money on the night of a Victoria Hall concert. When all of the ticket monies and advertising have been totalled up, thousands of pounds will be presented to The Christie.

Eagley Presents £2,000 To The Mayor of Bolton

On Wednesday 28th March 2018, MD Chris Wormald together with Caitlin Stranks (Principal Euphonium), Lilly Taylor (Soprano Cornet) and Mrs Ann Hardman of Smithills Community Music presented the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton with a cheque for £2,000 from our recent joint concert in aid of the Mayor of Bolton’s Charity.

The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes, has attended all of our major Victoria Hall and Albert Hall Eagley Band concerts this past year and was delighted to welcome our musicians and conductor to his parlour in Bolton Town Hall.

Concert For Christie’s Hospital

On Saturday April 21st, and for the first time ever, Eagley Band and Smithills Community musicians and singers will be raising money for the Christie Hospital. The award-winning Bolton musicians, singers and their conductor Chris Wormald will once again take to the stage of the superb Victoria Hall to raise as much money as possible for this major cancer hospital at their annual Night of Music For St George.
Christie’s Hospital
Eagley and Smithills have teamed up to raise money for Bolton Hospice, Help For Heroes, the RNLI, Bolton Lions, Bolton Rotary and The Mayor of Bolton’s Charity but now it is the turn of the magnificent Christie’s Hospital.
Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd Birthday
Not only will Saturday April 21st be the annual Night of Music for St George and feature guest singer John Kearns, it is also the exact date of Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd birthday, so there will be the usual audience participation in Jerusalem, Land of Hope And Glory, Rule Britannia, the National Anthem and much more besides!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & Thunderbirds
The concert will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a tribute to the iconic puppets of Thunderbirds, Mars from The Planets, a spectacular new Back To The Future feature and an extended arrangement of music by composer John Williams which includes Harry Potter, Star Wars. Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones and E.T.
Tickets priced at just £6 (£5 concessions) are available from Booth’s Music in Bolton, the Victoria Hall Box Office, Smithills School Main Reception and via the internet at www.egertontickets.com which is kindly run by Eagley Band President Gerry Russell, one of the Octagon Theatre founders.
For further information, please visit www.eagleyband.co.uk or contact Chris Wormald at cj.wormald@btopenworld.com or visit  www.egertontickets.com

Eagley To Raise Money For Manchester’s Christie Hospital

On Saturday April 21st, Eagley Band will once again take to the stage of Bolton’s superb Victoria Hall to raise as much money as possible for a major charity in our annual Concert For St George.

In our recent concerts we have teamed up with Smithills Community Band and Choir to raise money for Bolton Hospice, Help For Heroes, the RNLI, Bolton Lions, Bolton Rotary and The Mayor of Bolton’s Charity but this April, as always on the Saturday closest to St George’s Day, for the first time ever we are to raise money for the magnificent Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Not only will Saturday April 21st be the annual concert for St George and include second half performances by Smithills Community Band and Choir together with guest vocalist John Kearns, it is also the exact date of Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd birthday, so in addition to a brand new programme of material to enjoy there will be the usual audience participation in Jerusalem, Land of Hope And Glory, Rule Britannia and the National Anthem!

The main part of the concert will feature and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a brand new tribute to the 1960s iconic Thunderbirds puppets, Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World, a spectacular new feature of music from the Back To The Future trilogy of films starring Michael J Fox, an extended feature of iconic film music by composer John Williams which includes Star Wars, Harry Potter, Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones and E.T. and the closing section of Mahler’s Resurrection complete with Robert Aston at the organ.

Following the incredible responses to our Victoria Hall concerts of 2017 and our Albert Hall Gala Concert in January of this year, this next major venue concert promises to be our best yet!

Tickets are now available from Booths Music in Bolton, the Victoria Hall Box Office, Smithills School Main Reception and via the internet at www.egertontickets.com which is kindly run by Eagley Band President Gerry Russell.