Victoria Hall Concert – Saturday 14th October 2017
The Victoria Hall concert on Saturday night will be remembered as one of the great, great nights. The band was on sensational form from its first note to its last, the stunning performance to literally hundreds and hundreds of people including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton was as near perfect as is possible to imagine and the sound, tuning, balance, tone, acoustic, vibe and atmosphere generated by the huge audience in response to the band’s programme and playing all came together to create the perfect combination on a night when literally everything went right on stage and absolutely nothing went wrong.
If only all concert nights went so perfectly to plan in front of such huge audiences!
The band opened the evening with a faultless performance, first time out too, of the extended arrangement ‘Genesis’ featuring the iconic drum kit duet performed brilliantly by our own Robert Gliddon and Tom Wildgust. The concert continued with many more superb performances of extended arrangements ranging from ‘Toto IV’ to ‘Sinatra’ in which Principal Cornet Geoff Gliddon gave his stunning best performance to date as the band’s leader. Equally superb were the highlights from the musical ‘Wicked’ which also featured Smithills Community Choir conducted by our Eagley Musical Director Chris Wormald, with Robert Aston at the grand piano.
Second half massed items with the Smithills Community Band included the march ‘Punchinello,’ ’Singing In The Rain,’ ‘Satin Doll,’ Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ with many more besides. The concert concluded with Wagner’s ‘Procession To The Minster’ which drew such a huge ovation from the audience that an impromptu encore of ‘Amparito Roca’ was played with audience participation in the opening and closing sections, before everyone left the hall thrilled with the evening’s excellent entertainment.
Eagley’s next Gala Victoria Hall concert is the annual sell-out ‘Eagley Band and Smithills Community Christmas Concert’ in aid of Bolton Hospice which takes place on Saturday December 16th at 7.30pm