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Black Dyke come to Bolton!

by Deb Lyons

Plans are really taking shape for our Eagley Band pre-concert set in the Victoria Hall on Saturday March 23rd when Black Dyke come to Bolton!

Our exciting programme is finalised, our rehearsals are going superbly well and we can’t wait to see a huge audience come to see us play and welcome the most famous brass band in the world to our town!

Eagley without instruments!

by Deb Lyons

Eagley without instruments, massive thanks to everyone who came to Coast To Coast and who all looked amazing too. Huge thanks to Kay B and Geoff for organising the meal, the menu and the spread sheet paying at the end too.

The photos of last night are excellent and funny too (thanks especially to Lyns and those who took them) and what a perfect way to end our fabulous Blackpool performance and AGM week with food, drink and laughs. 

To see more of the evening click here

Great Performance And Result At Blackpool!

by Deb Lyons

Sunday February 24th saw every almost every adult brass band based in Lancashire and Greater Manchester head over to Blackpool Winter Gardens for the annual North West Area Brass Band Championships and we at Eagley were no exception!

 Having been promoted to the Second Section just a year ago, the band could have been forgiven for having fairly low expectations of the outcome of the 2019 Areas, but in typical CJW fashion, we prepared as if we were going to win the contest – and our performance on the day certainly justified our MD’s unwavering beliefs!

 Very happily for all Second Section bands this year, our section contest was held in the magnificent and iconic Opera House, the same venue within the Winter Gardens complex as the mighty Championship Section which would follow on from ours. With an excellent draw of No.11 from within the seventeen competing bands, Eagley took to the stage in thoroughly well prepared, confident and surprisingly relaxed mood and we delivered one of our best ever performances at the Areas, confirmed and evidenced by a number of excellent recordings which surfaced after we had played. 

Our excellent rendition from start to finish of the late Darrol Barry’s “Rise of The Phoenix” had everyone in the band full of the highest expectation when it came to the results ceremony, with the internet site Four Bars Rest placing Eagley in second; Runners-Up of the 2019 Second Section and not only qualifiers for the National Brass Band Finals in Cheltenham later in the year but, as a result, promoted to the First Section only fourteen months after being a Third Section band with almost all the same players. As results were announced from the stage, and knowing that everyone in the band could not have played any better either individually or collectively, Eagley were read out in Fourth Place, sadly not runners-up as had been predicted in the light of our outstanding performance. Clearly our excellent performance was one which could, on another day, have found favour with the adjudicators and without doubt won the contest or finished anywhere in the top few bands. However, to be placed fourth in the section was an excellent outcome, only spoiled in that it was the top three placed bands which were to qualify for the National Finals, so our placing was tantalisingly close to that additional achievement as well as being promoted to the First Section from next year had we finished in third place or higher.

Click here to see photos from Blackpool

 Harry Potter To Feature As Black Dyke Return To Bolton

by Deb Lyons
Next month, on Saturday March 23rd, the World’s best and most famous brass band, the Black Dyke Band from Queensbury in Yorkshire, returns to Bolton to give a very special concert in aid of Victoria Hall funds. Conducted by Musical Director Professor Nicholas Childs, the band will be performing music from Harry Potter, Pirates of The Caribbean, James Bond, Count Basie and the 1812 Overture amongst a superb programme of fantastic, audience friendly pieces.
The concert begins at 7.30pm and we are delighted and honoured that Professor Childs has invited Eagley Band to perform a pre-concert programme from 6.45pm to 7.25pm as people arrive and settle into their seats. All musicians in Bolton, indeed everyone living in or connected with Bolton, should be thrilled and excited that the world’s greatest brass band is coming back to play in our Victoria Hall to generate desperately needed funds to keep the venue open for us all to continue playing, singing, conducting and performing in it for many years to come if possible.
Following the success of last year’s March visit by Black Dyke, every Bolton instrumentalist, musician and singer involved in making music really should take the opportunity to hear the world’s absolute best perform here in our own town. 
With all proceeds from the concert going towards saving the Victoria Hall from closure, tickets are now on sale from the Victoria Hall Box Office (Telephone 522569) on Saturday mornings from 10am, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, on line at www.boltonmethodistmission.org.uk or by telephoning 522569. 
Tickets are £15 each but if you can buy 6 tickets together they are £13.50 each. 

Charity Status Achieved!

by Deb Lyons
After 169 years of genuinely superb history (remember Eagley Band is one of the oldest brass bands in the world, older than Black Dyke and most others) at 3.25pm yesterday afternoon, Thursday, it was confirmed in writing that we have successfully applied for, and achieved, UK Charity Status and has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1181741.
 
It is a fantastic achievement and effort by quite a number of people, both on the committee and some who are not, but huge congratulations to everyone involved in this superb success.
 
Sincere thanks to our three Trustees too, Gerry Russell, Clive Atty and Pete Lyons.
 
It is yet another brilliant Eagley achievement on top of so many others we have built up this past two and a half years.

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.

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.

New Christmas CD Now On Sale!

by Deb Lyons

Our brand new Eagley Band Christmas CD has just gone on sale! It is the very first such seasonal CD recording in the band’s 168 year history and it goes without saying that we are very proud of it!

We recorded our new CD entitled “Eagley At Christmas” over a whole weekend with the legendary brass band producer/engineer Richard Scott and World of Sound once again, the very same person, label and organisation behind our “From Sinatra To Wicked” CD recording last year, in 2017. Once again the expertise of Mr Scott shines through all of our latest recording.

The tracks on “Eagley At Christmas” range from seasonal classics such as “A Christmas Fantasy” by Gordon Langford to much newer music such as “A Polar Express Suite” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” made famous by Canadian star Michael Buble.

There is a stunning, brand new Flugel Horn and Tenor Horn duet of “Silver Bells” played superbly by Janet Walsh and Deb Lyons and no Christmas CD would be complete without “Silent Night” and “Away In Manger” of course!

Other tracks range from “Sleigh Ride” and “The Christmas Song” to Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody” and George Michael’s “Last Christmas.” There are many other tracks too, such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Mid Winter” plus a final bonus track, a reprise of Gordon Langford’s “A Christmas Fantasy” featuring special guests Smithills Community Choir alongside the band.

“Eagley At Christmas” makes the perfect present to give to family and friends and is priced at a very reasonable £10. The CD is available to buy at all of the band’s forthcoming November and December concerts and via both this website and www.egertontickets.com at no extra charge for posting and packing.