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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 wins first competition in 20 years

by Deb Lyons

Bolton News 6th June 2017

Eagley Band is celebrating its first competition win in more than 20 years after it came out on top in the Ripon Cathedral Contest.

The Eagley Band performed the winning programme of music by composers including Stravinsky, Hampton Callaway, Lovland, Conti and Giacchino on Saturday.

The performance, conducted by musical director Chris Wormald, came away with trophies and prize money for best music programme, best entertainment and overall champions.

Chairman and band manager Deb Lyons, who has been at the band for 35 years, said: “I cannot describe what this win means to me personally and to the band. We have waited so many years to win a contest and the feeling is brilliant again.

Smithills and Eagley Band in concert at The Victoria Hall

by Deb Lyons

HUNDREDS of music fans turned out for the first in an ambitious double bill of performances by a Bolton band.

Musicians and singers brought the music of the movies to Victoria Hall on Saturday.

The In Hollywood gala concert featured film favourites by such as composer John William and Hans Zimmerman.

Joined by special guests the Eagley Brass Band, the Smithills choir and band conjured up memories of superheroes, far off galaxies, fairy tales, pirates and even rampaging dinosaurs.

Musical director Chris Wormald celebrates 27 years as principal conductor at Smithills and thanked the hundreds of “amazingly supportive” Boltonians who packed into the hall for concert in aid of Bolton Lions Club.

He said: “It is always a challenge to fill Bolton’s largest concert venue and raise as much money as possible for great charities such as the Bolton Lions, so to attract such huge numbers once again as Smithills and Eagley managed on Saturday evening was not only a great thrill for myself and every performer, parent, family member and friend who came, but for the charity too, whose many representatives at the concert were so appreciative.

“Without the support of the Bolton News and the fantastic Bolton public, staging such huge concerts with nearly 300 instrumentalists and singers on stage would be a thankless task, but when all the performers look out from the stage at a packed hall of smiling faces throughout, every ounce of our efforts is worthwhile.”

The concert included music from Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles, Braveheart, Jurassic Park, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables and, in a first for the musicians, Wicked.

Lions musical fundraiser cash to be used for cancer screening event