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The Mayor of Bolton’s 2018 Gala Concert

The Mayor of Bolton’s 2018 Gala Concert featuring The Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Smithills Community Choir, Conductor Chris Wormald & Pianist Robert Aston takes place this Saturday in the Albert Hall at 7.30pm.

The evening promises to be the usual uplifting mix of popular music, fun and audience involvement.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton  warmly invite as many Boltonians as possible who can make it to the concert on Saturday night to snap up the last remaining tickets from either Smithills School Reception (Tel. 842382), Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate (Tel. 522908) or Egerton Tickets.com, then dress up on Saturday and come along to the concert!

Ticket sales have gone really well, so although there will be a few tickets available to buy on the door on Saturday night, these may well will be very limited in number and people will have to be turned way disappointed when the hall is full.

Here’s to another great night on Saturday!

Eagley Win £700 At 2018 Butlins Brass Band Championships

 

We are delighted to announce that following our win at the 2017 Ripon Brass Band Contest, we have won another £700 prize at the 2018 Butlins Brass Band Championships held in Skegness!

Having only been promoted from the Third Section into the Second Section from January 1st this year, just eleven days later we took on fourteen established Second Section bands at Butlins against whom we should have had little chance of achieving any success at all, but not only were we awarded Third Place in the contest and the excellent £700 prize money which went with it, we were within a whisker of winning the competition, such were the fine margins at the top of the section.

Conductor Chris Wormald said “Achieving Third Place in such a major contest just eleven days after being promoted is quite incredible. As a conductor I don’t think I have ever been more happy with achieving a Third Place in a contest before and it is a tribute to the fantastic effort and hard work of all the players. Having said that, a number of observers on the day thought that we had achieved the impossible and actually won the contest outright, such was the quality of our performance at this new, higher level.”

Eagley can next be heard in concert as early as Saturday January 27th in The Albert Hall (Bolton Town Hall) in a Gala Concert in aid of the Mayor of Bolton’s charity. The programme will include many popular tunes and spectacular film music. Tickets for the charity concert are just £6 (£5 concessions) available from Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate and Egerton Tickets

Victoria Hall Christmas Concert Triumph And An Audience of A Thousand!

Our 2017 Christmas Concert with guests Smithills Community Choir and Smithills Community Band in Bolton’s Victoria Hall on Saturday December 16th not only once again attracted a bumper audience of just under a thousand people, but was yet another one of the great, great nights for everyone who was there.

With another huge Victoria Hall audience to entertain (our third in a row this year since our debut in April) and once again in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes and his wife, the atmosphere was superb from the very first note. Our programme included The Polar Express and The Snowman to Sleigh Ride and Merry Christmas Everybody, plus the obligatory White Christmas, Christmas Song and many others. The joint items of Mid-Winter and A Christmas Fantasy with the choir received incredible ovations from the audience and, at the very end of the concert, the audience literally refused to move or go home, demanding at least one encore at the very least! 

 

Throughout the whole concert the atmosphere was superb, the absolute best, and the subsequent messages and e-mails have been proof (if it were needed) that everyone in the audience thoroughly enjoyed a very special night to start off their Christmas.

Like brass bands of all levels and standards, December and the Christmas period in particular are, by far, the busiest weeks of the year and require exceptional commitment from every band member, conductor and band supporter in carrying out a wide variety of full band, small band and even smaller band engagements on a nightly basis. Once again this year December has been an exceptional and highly enjoyable and successful month for Eagley and we hope 2018 will start off just as superbly, with our first appearance in a Second Section Contest (since our promotion) at Butlins in Skegness on Saturday January 13th and almost immediately after that, a Gala Concert in Bolton’s Albert Hall, inside Bolton Town Hall, just two weeks later, on Saturday January 27th at 7.30pm, again in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton.

Bolton Hospice Christmas Concert Tickets now on sale

Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band & Smithills Community Choir Launch Bolton Hospice Christmas Concert Tickets

Saturday 16th December 7.30pm

Tickets for the annual Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Smithills Community Choir Victoria Hall Christmas Concert, in aid of Bolton Hospice on Saturday December 16th, have now gone on sale to the public.

For the first time at these usually packed concerts there will be brand new arrangements of music from Disney’s “Frozen” and animated films “The Snowman” and “Polar Express” plus White Christmas, the Christmas music of Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra, Sleigh Ride, Troika and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas plus many other traditional carols and the usual array of surprises and audience involvements… from Jingle Bells to Away In  Manger!

Music from other Christmas films and requests such as “The Incredibles” from the new Eagley Band CD will also feature in the concert.

Tickets can be bought in person, priced £6 with £5 for concessions, from Eagley Band members, Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate, the Victoria Hall Box Office, Bolton Hospice, Smithills School Reception or on line without any booking fee or charges whatsoever from www.egertontickets.com    all proceeds going directly to Bolton Hospice.

We hope as many people as possible will come along as ever, dress up in red and green, wear Christmas jumpers, whatever everyone would like to wear in order to enter into the Christmas mood!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes and his wife, will be attending the concert as first citizens of the town and the evening promises once again to be fun, fast and festive!

Please forward this e-mail to as many of your contacts as you are able – we hope very much to pack the hall once again and have a great atmosphere as always!

With best wishes and a very early Happy Christmas to all.

Bolton News reader’s letter: Support from Food and Drink Festival crowd was amazing

by Deb Lyons

HAVING conducted Eagley Band at the superb Bolton Food Festival on Sunday afternoon, may I thank the many hundreds of listeners to our performance on the Le Mans Crescent stage who gave every piece that we played a rapturous ovation, making the band and myself feel so very welcome.

The massive audience particularly enthused about our major items such as Sinatra, Genesis, Toto and Wicked, all of which we are to perform indoors in the Mayor’s Charity Gala Concert in the fantastic acoustics of the Victoria Hall on Saturday, October 14, at 7.30pm.

We hope everyone at the Food Festival will come and support Eagley and Smithills once again that evening and take the opportunity to enjoy a great night with us in the town centre.

Thank you again to everyone who watched, applauded, cheered and stood up in huge numbers throughout our concert on Sunday as literally every available seat was taken and the crescent completely packed.

Chris Wormald

MD Eagley Band

Bolton News 1st September 2017

Eagley Band @Bolton Food & Drink Festival

by Deb Lyons
Eagley Band @Bolton Food & Drink Festival

This year is Bolton’s 12th food and drink festival and it promised to be even more magical with a bank holiday weekend of food, drink, fun, family entertainment and live music. Voted the best Food Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities, the festival attracted over 263,000 visitors last year, we were really pleased to be asked for the first time to take part providing a slot on the main stage at Bolton Food & Drink Festival

There was a large audience relaxing with an odd tipple and a bite to eat, enjoying the sun shine as they listened to a varied program, music from Brassed Off featuring Janet Walsh playing the famous flugel horn solo Concierto de Aranjuez, other pieces included TOTO, Genesis and to finish a touch of Sinatra.

Thanks to Daniel Tayler for taking some fab photos, capturing us in action.

4barsrest – Report & Results: 2017 Ripon Cathedral Entertainment

by Deb Lyons

See the full rests from Ripon Contest 2017 as reported by 4barsrest.

We have only competed at Ripon Entertainments Contest for the last two years; each time has been a fabulous day, the contest organisers, the smooth running of the whole day, the marshals make this a great contest to enter in a wonderful setting of Ripon Cathedral. Unfortunately we are unable to enter next year due to our promotion to second section however, we would recommend this contest to any eligible bands, guaranteed a great day.