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Trinity Methodist Concert Triumph!

by Deb Lyons

On Saturday October 12th we gave a superb, full concert in Trinity Methodist Church from 7.30pm to a large and enthusiastic Bolton audience! Our programme included a number of brand new arrangements made especially for this season, which we had never before played in public, and from the opening notes of the stunning march O.R.B. to the final notes of A Disney Fantasy at the end of the evening, the band had a truly fantastic night.

Our excellent stand up soloists for the evening were Caitlin Stranks (Euphonium) and Janet Walsh (Flugel Horn) and together with the equally outstanding Lynsey Hayes playing Principal Cornet, to see more photos from this concert visit our Gallery Page.

Welcome to the official website of Eagley Band

by Deb Lyons
Eagley Band was established in 1850 and has been performing for audiences in and around Bolton ever since. We are a friendly and social band and always welcome players, whether you’re thinking of coming regularly or just want to come along for a blow.

This website contains comprehensive information about the band – past, present and future – as well as listing all our events and engagements.

Eagley Band is a charity and has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1181741.

If you would like to book the band please get in touch via our contact page.

Trinity Methodist Concert This Saturday!

by Deb Lyons

This Saturday sees the start of a really busy and fantastic run up to Christmas for the band with our full concert at Trinity Methodist Church in Bolton.

Then we have Remembrance Sunday, the ‘live’ streamed concert from Boarshurst Band Club the following weekend and our usual crop of Christmas concert bookings from Little Lever to Blackrod and Egerton to the Victoria Hall once again to round things off perfectly on Saturday December 21st (although we do have a few more small jobs after that as well!).

Please come along to Trinity Methodist Church off Bury Road in Bolton this Saturday if you can! It will always be great to see you there.

Bolton Food Festival 2019

by Deb Lyons

For the third year in a row, once again Eagley Band was chosen and invited by Bolton Council to entertain literally thousands of people who attended this year’s Food Festival on Sunday afternoon, August 25th.

With temperature records being broken throughout the UK on the August bank holiday weekend, we took to the stage at 2.30pm in 30C heat (shirts and straight ties being the order of the day!) and entertained a huge and very attentive crowd that were really appreciative and a great afternoon was had by everyone.

Visit our Gallery to see more photos from this concert.

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. New York! New York! featured the audience and special guest vocalist Andrew Whittle who came up from the audience to join us.

To see photos from the concert, visit our Gallery Page

2019 French Open Championships Third Place And 500 Euros!

by Deb Lyons

We have just returned from a fantastic weekend in Amboise, winning 500 Euros at the 2019 French Open Brass Band Championships in Amboise by virtue of finishing Third Place in the Second Section of the contest this weekend.
For the past twenty five years the annual French Brass Band Championships have taken place at the exact same time as the French Open Tennis and huge crowds turn out to watch brass bands from all over the world take part.

The brass band competition is in three parts. Firstly, an indoor set test piece programme of 25 minutes is performed in the Theatre Beaumarchais where every band plays the prescribed set test (Rhapsody In Brass in the 2nd Section) and other own choice items. Secondly, there is an outdoor marching contest which takes place through the town centre of Amboise and finally there is an outdoor entertainment contest where every band must play 25 minutes of own choice music to a large crowd and which takes place with the stunning backdrop of Amboise Castle. A gala concert and results ceremony then takes place at 9pm in the evening.

To see highlights from our trip click on our Gallery Link 

Eagley Entertain At Sir Ian McKellen’s 80th Birthday Gala Dinner

by Deb Lyons

On Friday evening May 24th, our MD Chris Wormald conducted an augmented band of Eagley principals as we entertained 180 specially invited guests from all over the world for an hour as they arrived at the Gala Birthday Dinner held at Bolton School in honour of Sir Ian McKellen, in his presence.

Famously educated at Bolton School, Sir Ian made his acting debut at the school nearly 70 years ago. An array of British theatre, film and television acting legends and personalities travelled up from London, most notably Sir Derek Jacobi and Timothy West, and Coronation Street’s Anthony Cotton and other cast members, together with former Fleet Street editor Janet Street Porter and the wife of Sir Patrick Stewart were also attended.

The biggest surprise of the evening for us at Eagley was the presence and solo performance given by Hollywood star Luke Evans, star of ‘Beauty And The Beast’ alongside Emma Watson and ‘Fast And Furious 8’ as part of the ensemble featuring Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell and many more.

 

        

Mr Evans stood and watched us play pieces such as ‘The Incredibles’ and later in the evening he sang a number of songs accompanied by piano. A very special ‘live’ video message by X-Men and Wolverine star Hugh Jackman was also relayed on a large screen as Mr Jackman was on stage literally just a few miles away in Manchester on his ‘Greatest Showman’ European Tour but had originally hoped to attend Bolton School in person later in the evening.

Sir Ian was kind enough to say our playing was “first class” before his birthday dinner commenced.

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!