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Another Victoria Hall Concert Triumph!

On Saturday evening, April 13th 2019, we once again took to the stage of Bolton’s Victoria Hall with our MD Chris Wormald in front of hundreds and hundreds of people to perform another Charity Gala Concert on behalf of Bolton Lions Club and International Aid Trust, a fantastic charity based in Preston and founded by the Reverend Bernard Cocker almost thirty years ago and who attended our concert in person.

Special overseas guests Bill and Ellie Miller from North Carolina and Mark Almond from San Francisco, USA flew in over the Atlantic from opposite coasts of America especially to take in the concert and a great night was enjoyed by all. The concert certainly was another triumph for us all at Eagley, for Smithills Community Choir and Band, which performed together with Eagley after the interval, and for the two charities too. The reaction of the audience to every piece was superb.

As always, Eagley Band opened the concert and we played to the absolute limit of our abilities and, as the photographs illustrate, to the very best standard of presentation too. Our programme included Don’t Rain On My Parade, Gladiator, B.B. & C.F., Cry Me A River (sung superbly by John Kearns with Eagley Band accompaniment) and many more pieces too.

A particular highlight of the second half was the double figure of soloists in Buglers’ Holiday which, arguably of course, drew the biggest ovation of the evening, such was the prowess of the soloists and the accompanying band. 

It is too soon to know how much money was raised for the charities from the large audience which attended but certainly thousands of pounds were taken in advance ticket sales and on the door in addition to a superb raffle which was organised and announced by Eagley Band President and Trustee Mr Gerry Russell. 

 

 

Concert For St George Saturday April 13th 2019 at 7.30pm

Our next Victoria Hall Gala Concert in Bolton is so close now, Saturday 13th April at 7.30pm in aid of the Bolton Lions Charity and especially International Aid Trust, a fantastic Lancashire charity which we are more than happy to support!

Our programme will include The Incredibles, Thunderbirds, Gladiator, Cry Me A River, Amazing Grace, Buglers Holiday, Don’t Rain On My Parade, Stravinsky Firebird, Jerusalem, Land of Hope And Glory and many more!

Saturday April 13th, 7.30pm, the Victoria Hall in Bolton, just £5.

It’s free parking all day and all evening at NCP Topp Way Car Park or just £1.50 (night rate) in the Victoria Hall Car Park.

See you there hopefully!

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.

Victoria Hall Concert Raises £3,100 For Christie’s Hospital

Our recent Victoria Hall managed to raise a huge £3,100 for The Christie Hospital in Manchester, Europe’s leading cancer treatment hospital.

The hospital treats 44,000 patients every year and a single operation can cost over £100,000 as was the case with Bolton Lions Club President Jeff Hartley (pictured) just last year.
Now fully in remission, Mr Hartley has the Christie Hospital to thank for his return to excellent health and so he approached our MD Chris Wormald to ask if we at Eagley Band would give a concert on behalf of the hospital.
The photograph shows Jeff Hartley and Chris Wormald presenting the cheque to Sue Kent from Christie’s Hospital.

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 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.

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