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Highlights from Sinatra & Wicked

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

Sinatra & Wicked

We are please to announce our latest concert,

Sinatra & Wicked

This Gala concert will be staged at The Victoria Halls Bolton, in aid of The Mayor’s Charity

Cllr Hayes anticipates a busy year ahead with his Mayoral duties: “I am very proud to have been chosen to represent the people of Bolton, it is a huge honor and I look forward to raising the profile of Bolton and meeting people from all walks of life.” For more details about this years charities click here.

Tickets are now on sale, adults £6 and concessions £5. Tickets can be purchased at a range of venues – Victoria Hall Box office, Smithills Secondary school main office, Booths music shop and on the door. 

Tickets can also be booked via our contact page.

 

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