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SKY ARTS BRASS BAND PROGRAMME FEATURING OUR MD WINS THE BAFTA!

by Deb Lyons

As featured earlier on our website, on June 4th 2020 it had been announced by BAFTA, the British Academy of Film, Television and Arts, that the first programme in the recent Sky Arts “Battle of The Brass Bands” series was nominated for a prestigious 2020 BAFTA award in the ‘Sound-Factual’ category for television craft. The BAFTA Awards are industry leading and, until the pandemic this year, have always been staged in a major London venue such as the Royal Albert Hall, complete with red carpet and hundreds of television stars, presenters, celebrities and magazine photographers, televised every year on BBC1 and with hosts ranging from Stephen Fry and Graham Norton to Joanna Lumley.

The programme has won the BAFTA! In spite of strong competition in the category, it was officially announced on Friday July 17th that the brass band nominated programme featuring our MD Chris Wormald has won. Huge congratulations to all involved! The nominated programme of the Sky Arts brass band series about Whit Friday march contests features Chris not only being interviewed in the television studio retrospectively but also filmed adjudicating on the night of the contests themselves at Greenfield. Chris appears multiple times during the programme, providing insight, comment and context on how the contests work and the specific tasks and requirements of the adjudicators.

For an insight into the making of the Sky Arts BAFTA nominated programme, please click here; https://www.4barsrest.com/news/38289/the-making-of-battle-of-the-brass-bands

Eagley Band – The 2020 Video Series!

by Deb Lyons

Towards the very end of 2019, Eagley Band was one of the bands which performed a full concert ‘live’ to the world via the internet from Boarshurst Bandroom one Sunday evening. The programme featured sixteen works performed equally, either side of a short interval. Once again at absolute full strength without a single dep or ringer in sight, the Eagley concert conducted by MD Chris Wormald was a huge success and attracted wonderful compliments on social media from as far away and apart as Canada and New Zealand with regard to the performance, the arrangements and pieces chosen and the musicianship of the band.

The sixteen works which were broadcast ‘live’ and which have been captured individually on multi-camera video are; O.R.B., Amazing Grace, Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Cornet Soloist – Lynsey Hayes), Birdland, Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite, Portrait of My Love (Euphonium Soloist – Caitlyn Stranks), Knight Templar, Forty Second Street, Bohemian Rhapsody, The President, Saving All My Love For You (Flugel Horn Soloist – Janet Walsh), Tom And Jerry, Heart of Courage, Mr Blue Sky, Moonlight Serenade and Mahler’s Resurrection. Over the next eight weeks, we are going to be uploading a new video every few days to our Facebook page, so that two of the videos can be seen each and every week. Please enjoy our current 2020 band in ‘live’ concert! All of the pieces performed are published, either by their original publisher or by Obrasso (Switzerland) but every arrangement performed on the videos is published and available from all established brass band music retailers.

Traditional brass band concerts usually start with a march, so as not to break with tradition here is our concert opener the march ORB.

Good evening and welcome to Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club – this evening we have MD Christopher Wormald and 2nd Section #eagleyband at the club. Established in 1850 the band have seen success on the contesting stage and in the concert hall. We welcome them to Boarshurst Club and look forward to a great evening of brass entertainment.First piece of the evening is great march – O.R.B. (Anderson) #Sundaybrass #boarshurstbandclub #marstons #keepmusiclive #boarshurstlivestream

Posted by Boarshurst Silver Band on Sunday, November 17, 2019

Pandemic Robs Eagley of National Title Opportunity In Our 170th Year

by Deb Lyons

Today’s official announcement by the organisers of the National Brass Championship Finals of Great Britain that this year’s 2020 finals, scheduled to take place in late September down in Cheltenham, have definitely been cancelled due to the pandemic has, on the surface, come as no real surprise to anyone. It was a decision which, although only announced today, on Thursday July 9th by Kapitol Promotions, everyone had expected for some weeks, but now it is official, the clarity has very quickly brought home many ramifications of the Covid-19 virus.

As has been widely publicised, 2020 is Eagley Band’s 170th anniversary year having been formed way back in the winter of 1850 and therefore one of the oldest brass bands in the world. Each and every year it is extremely difficult to qualify for the National Brass Championship Finals of Great Britain as the only way to do this is to play superbly in the Spring regional area contests and be judged by the adjudicators to have finished in the top three places at the Blackpool Opera House and Winter Gardens complex in late February. This year, Eagley accomplished this feat to the delight and thrill of all the players and Musical Director Chris Wormald. Within hours of the results being announced a top quality hotel in Cheltenham was booked, a luxury band coach was booked, everything was organised with the current band’s usual swift efficiency and the set test piece bought on the day that the title was announced.

As we all know, the world changed completely by mid-March and with today’s announcement, the pandemic has now officially robbed Eagley Band and all of the other excited finalists throughout the UK of the opportunity to become National Champions of Great Britain in September. It remains to be seen how the 2021 brass band contesting season will now pan out and how all of the many complex issues of promotion and relegation will take effect.

BAFTA NOMINATION FOR TV PROGRAMME FEATURING OUR MD!

by Deb Lyons

On June 4th 2020 it was announced by BAFTA, the British Academy of Film, Television and Arts, that the first programme in the recent Sky Arts “Battle of The Brass Bands” series has been nominated for a prestigious 2020 BAFTA award in the ‘Sound-Factual’ category for television. The BAFTA Awards are industry leading and, until the pandemic this year, have always been staged in a major London venue such as the Royal Albert Hall, complete with red carpet and hundreds of television stars, presenters, celebrities and magazine photographers, televised every year on BBC1 and with hosts ranging from Stephen Fry and Graham Norton to Joanna Lumley. The awards are currently sponsored by Virgin Media having previously been sponsored by Orange and EE.

Programme One of the four programme Sky Arts brass band series, the BAFTA nominated episode about Whit Friday march contests, features our MD Chris Wormald not only being interviewed in the television studio retrospectively for the programme but also filmed adjudicating on the night of the contests themselves, in situ at Greenfield. Chris appears multiple times during the programme, providing insight, comment and context on how the contests work and the specific tasks and requirements of the adjudicators.

The following press statement was released;

“Episode One of the Sky Arts television series “Battle of The Brass Bands” has been nominated for a prestigious 2020 BAFTA award. The episode covering the Whit Friday contests has been nominated for a BAFTA in the ‘Sound-Factual’ category and will battle for the prize alongside nominations from BBC1 for ‘One Planet’ and the Netflix ‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’ series. The four part Sky Arts “Battle of The Brass Bands” series also covered the British Open, National Championships and Brass In Concert contests, gaining widespread popular and critical acclaim. The 2020 BAFTA winners will be announced for the first time on-line this year due to the pandemic, on Friday 17th July.”

For an insight into the making of the Sky Arts BAFTA nominated programme, please click here; https://www.4barsrest.com/news/38289/the-making-of-battle-of-the-brass-bands

Its official… we have been promoted to the 1st Section from January 2021.

by Deb Lyons

Our promotion from 3rd to 1st Section is a fabulous reward to all the loyalty of everyone from Lilly right around to Breeny and everyone in between. We couldn’t list all of the players who have been on this Eagley journey and the loyalty is very much appreciated.

When Chris Wormald took over as MD at Eagley in September 2016, during this time Eagley has accomplished many firsts. A range of large concerts at the Victoria Hall with Smithills Community Band & Choir supporting local charities, 2 professional CDs, 4 trophies from Ripon, Butlins, Amboise and Blackpool just a few weeks ago together with prize money of £1,500. Eagley is not just about the music, we make sure there is a wide range of social events throughout the year such as meals to suit every taste, socials, quizzes and we give a big thanks to Geoff  and Janet and others have kindly organised. 

As the country struggles during this unsettling of the  COVID19 pandemic, Eagley like many other bands have families and friends who are front line or key workers.
From all of us at Eagley Band we want to say THANK YOU to all those we know and those we don’t. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
We can’t wait to see everyone when we come through the other side.

Mayor’s Charity Ball 2020, Bolton Town Hall

On Friday evening March 6th, the Mayor of Bolton’s spectacular annual Charity Ball took place in Bolton Town Hall in what proved to be our band’s last public engagement before the enforced break due to the pandemic virus. It was certainly a great evening for our superb musicians and everyone present!

The theme for the whole evening, as chosen by the Mayor, Councillor Hilary Fairclough, was James Bond. All of the music we performed had to be from the James Bond films, stunning tuxedos and classic dinner suits were in abundance amongst the guests, as were amazing dresses, and all of the invited guests were provided with a complimentary dry martini on arrival (shaken, not stirred, obviously!) or a non-alcoholic alternative. Originally the timing of the 2020 Mayor’s Ball should have coincided with the forthcoming release of the latest, and twenty fifth, official James Bond film “No Time To Die” but with the Mayor’s Charity Ball organised and set many weeks in advance, the James Bond film producers then announced that the global release of their new film would be delayed by over seven months to much nearer Christmas, entirely due to the vast majority of cinemas around the world being instructed to close.

The brief for our Eagley Band performance was to bring a small band, a 15 piece ensemble at most, and perform all of the published music of James Bond films for an hour or more as the many VIP and civic guests arrived. As our MD Chris Wormald has more published arrangements of James Bond music around the world than any other professional arranger, this really was the perfect, ideal brief for us at Eagley. Amongst the civic guests listening to our superb performance was a wide variety of local and political figures including a number of past Mayor’s, previous Leaders and Deputy Leaders of Bolton Council, the current Leader of the council and huge supporter of Eagley Band for many years, David Greenhalgh, the Vice Chancellor of Bolton University, George Holmes, and an array of leading business figures, entrepreneurs, press and journalists from the town.

The evening proved to be a great success for all those attending and especially for our Eagley ensemble which sounded stunning from start to finish.

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.

Promotion To The First Section And Qualification For The 2020 National Brass Band Finals of Great Britain!

by Deb Lyons

As a result of our performance in the Second Section at the North West Area Brass Band Contest Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday afternoon, February 23rd 2020, we at Eagley Band and our MD Chris Wormald were not only awarded Third Place in the contest, a silver trophy and prize money too but we have now qualified for the 2020 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain Finals being held in Cheltenham this September! All of this in our 170th year too!With brass band sections being very much like league tables in sport, with annual promotion and relegation, only three years ago Eagley Band had been in the Third Section for many years. Now, after a string of excellent contest performances we have been promoted twice in just three seasons and find ourselves a First Section Band from next year!

As we were formed in 1850, this year Eagley Band celebrates 170 years of existence, one of the oldest brass bands in the entire World. Only once since 1990 has the band qualified for the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain Finals back in 2008 when the band was in the Third Section. Thirty years ago, in March 1990, Eagley won the North West Area Championships Third Section conducted in his very first ever Area contest by our new MD then – a much younger Chris Wormald during his first spell with an adult band!

We can next be heard performing in Bolton at the Mayor of Bolton’s Charity Ball in the Town Hall on Friday evening March 6th and after that in our Prostate Cancer UK Charity Concert on behalf of the Bolton Lions Club at the Victoria Hall on Saturday April 18th.