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.