Smithills & Eagley Bands Raise £1,300 For Children’s Hospice

Smithills School Senior Brass Band and The Eagley Band joined forces with Smithills School Community Choir in Bolton Parish Church on Saturday evening July 9th to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice. With monies still to come in, a superb evening raised over £1,300.

The programme featured Knight Templar, Riverdance, Locus Iste, Birdland, Bohemian Rhapsody, Jubilation, MacArthur Park, Benedictus, Deep Harmony, Under The Boardwalk, What I Did For Love, Nothin’ Like A Dame and many more audience favourites.

Eagley conductor Matthew Ryan was himself a Smithills pupil and musician from the age of 11 through to 18 taught by Smithills conductor Chris Wormald many years ago and a number of Eagley Band’s members are current and former Smithills players.

The concert was the final Smithills performance of its 2016 season before the band travels to Ireland on Wednesday July 13th to play three concerts in Cork, led for the final time by Principal Cornet Sophie Dunlevy, who will have completed 4 seasons as the latest outstanding Principal Cornet with Smithills.