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Band Awards 2017

by Deb Lyons

Band Awards for 2017

This year saw the reintroduction of our band awards –  these were awarded at one of our ever growing social events:

Player’s player (voted for by the band) – Geoff Gliddon

Bandsman (voted for by the committee)– Martyn Walsh

MD’s Award – Lilly Taylor.

Most Improved Player (which is the Gwen Thomas shield) – Caitlin Stranks

Our 2018 awards will be announced at our Christmas Victoria Hall concert – 22nd December

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

Band President – Mr Gerry Russell

by Deb Lyons

Gerry Russell has lived and worked in Bolton for over fifty years and was one of the five people responsible for the design and building of the town’s World famous Octagon Theatre, which opened back in 1967.

Born in 1944 in the West Midlands town of Wolverhampton, Gerry was involved in the design of the initial lighting and sound systems for the Octagon Theatre from the outset in 1965 whilst still a student at Loughborough Teacher Training College. When the Octagon Theatre was completed and opened remarkably quickly, by 1967, Gerry was the theatre’s first ever electrician and stayed in the post for two years until he had decided that Bolton would be his permanent home for life and needed a fresh challenge as a young man still only in his mid-twenties. By 1982 Gerry had started his own business in Bolton, G N Systems, which he ran very successfully for over thirty years until retiring in November 2013. 

Gerry is very proud, honoured and delighted to be the President of Eagley Band.

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.

Christmas CD Recording With World of Brass

by Deb Lyons

Eagley Band is to record its first ever Christmas CD this year and has booked World of Brass (Doyen) and its Senior Producer Richard Scott to mastermind the project.

Mr Scott is not only the producer/engineer behind almost every Black Dyke Band and Obrasso CD recording of the past quarter of a century but also masterminds the annual best-selling brass band CD recording of the ‘Areas’ test pieces every year. Mr Scott was also the producer/engineer who recorded the 2017 Eagley CD ‘From Sinatra To Wicked’ so successfully.

The new 2018 Eagley Band Christmas CD recording project has the straightforward working title of ‘An Eagley Christmas’ and will feature a host of brand new arrangements made especially for the project by conductor Chris Wormald and Bass Trombonist Declan Cullen, together with published arrangements and Gordon Langford’s seasonal masterpiece ‘A Christmas Fantasy.’

The recordings will take place in Bolton over the weekend of Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st.

Consolidation At Blackpool After Our January Promotion

by Deb Lyons

On Sunday February 25th we made our Eagley Band debut in the 2nd Section Area Contest of the North West Area Regional Qualifying Competition for the 2018 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Just a year ago, on the corresponding weekend in February 2017, Eagley had been competing in the 3rd Section at the same venue and although we drew to play last of all the bands on that day (a draw which no band ever wants), our 5th place on that occasion ensured promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018.

Following £700 prize money in finishing 3rd place in the 2nd Section of the 2018 Butlins Contest in January, hopes were certainly high for a great Eagley result at Blackpool this year, but once again with no luck whatsoever at the draw, Eagley drew to play at the very end of the day again for the second year in a row, this time playing No.20 of the 21 competing bands, and in doing so the band once again failed to find favour with the adjudicators. Much fancied rivals Delph, who qualified for the 2017 National Brass Band Championship Finals at Cheltenham, were surprisingly placed a very lowly 19th of the 21 competing bands in the results of the day and with other favoured bands placed 15th, 17th and 18th, Eagley’s placing of 11th was far from as bad as might have been the case on a day when the 2nd Section North West Area results were certainly very far away from the form guide and predicted outcomes.

Here’s to Blackpool 2019 and hopefully drawing to play much earlier in the day!