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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.

Consolidation At Blackpool After Our January Promotion

On Sunday February 25th we made our Eagley Band debut in the 2nd Section Area Contest of the North West Area Regional Qualifying Competition for the 2018 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Just a year ago, on the corresponding weekend in February 2017, Eagley had been competing in the 3rd Section at the same venue and although we drew to play last of all the bands on that day (a draw which no band ever wants), our 5th place on that occasion ensured promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018.

Following £700 prize money in finishing 3rd place in the 2nd Section of the 2018 Butlins Contest in January, hopes were certainly high for a great Eagley result at Blackpool this year, but once again with no luck whatsoever at the draw, Eagley drew to play at the very end of the day again for the second year in a row, this time playing No.20 of the 21 competing bands, and in doing so the band once again failed to find favour with the adjudicators. Much fancied rivals Delph, who qualified for the 2017 National Brass Band Championship Finals at Cheltenham, were surprisingly placed a very lowly 19th of the 21 competing bands in the results of the day and with other favoured bands placed 15th, 17th and 18th, Eagley’s placing of 11th was far from as bad as might have been the case on a day when the 2nd Section North West Area results were certainly very far away from the form guide and predicted outcomes.

Here’s to Blackpool 2019 and hopefully drawing to play much earlier in the day!

Eagley Band Supporting the Mayor’s Charities

The Eagley Band, Smithills Community Choir and Band played the Albert Halls. Where more than 500 people enjoyed the concert at the newly re-opened Albert Halls on Saturday evening.

The crowd were entertained by the Eagley Band, Smithills Community Choir and Band, with conductor Chris Wormald and Bolton pianist Robert Aston, who accompanied the choir. 

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Roger Hayes, said: “It goes without saying that I must thank Chris and every performer straight away for another tremendous concert played to a full hall of Bolton people.

“It was another great night for the town.”

The concert was held to raise money for the Mayor’s charities, Urban Outreach, City of Sanctuary and NHS Bolton Hospital Charitable Trust.

The Mayor of Bolton’s 2018 Gala Concert

The Mayor of Bolton’s 2018 Gala Concert featuring The Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Smithills Community Choir, Conductor Chris Wormald & Pianist Robert Aston takes place this Saturday in the Albert Hall at 7.30pm.

The evening promises to be the usual uplifting mix of popular music, fun and audience involvement.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton  warmly invite as many Boltonians as possible who can make it to the concert on Saturday night to snap up the last remaining tickets from either Smithills School Reception (Tel. 842382), Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate (Tel. 522908) or Egerton Tickets.com, then dress up on Saturday and come along to the concert!

Ticket sales have gone really well, so although there will be a few tickets available to buy on the door on Saturday night, these may well will be very limited in number and people will have to be turned way disappointed when the hall is full.

Here’s to another great night on Saturday!

Eagley Win £700 At 2018 Butlins Brass Band Championships

 

We are delighted to announce that following our win at the 2017 Ripon Brass Band Contest, we have won another £700 prize at the 2018 Butlins Brass Band Championships held in Skegness!

Having only been promoted from the Third Section into the Second Section from January 1st this year, just eleven days later we took on fourteen established Second Section bands at Butlins against whom we should have had little chance of achieving any success at all, but not only were we awarded Third Place in the contest and the excellent £700 prize money which went with it, we were within a whisker of winning the competition, such were the fine margins at the top of the section.

Conductor Chris Wormald said “Achieving Third Place in such a major contest just eleven days after being promoted is quite incredible. As a conductor I don’t think I have ever been more happy with achieving a Third Place in a contest before and it is a tribute to the fantastic effort and hard work of all the players. Having said that, a number of observers on the day thought that we had achieved the impossible and actually won the contest outright, such was the quality of our performance at this new, higher level.”

Eagley can next be heard in concert as early as Saturday January 27th in The Albert Hall (Bolton Town Hall) in a Gala Concert in aid of the Mayor of Bolton’s charity. The programme will include many popular tunes and spectacular film music. Tickets for the charity concert are just £6 (£5 concessions) available from Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate and Egerton Tickets

Victoria Hall Christmas Concert Triumph And An Audience of A Thousand!

Our 2017 Christmas Concert with guests Smithills Community Choir and Smithills Community Band in Bolton’s Victoria Hall on Saturday December 16th not only once again attracted a bumper audience of just under a thousand people, but was yet another one of the great, great nights for everyone who was there.

With another huge Victoria Hall audience to entertain (our third in a row this year since our debut in April) and once again in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes and his wife, the atmosphere was superb from the very first note. Our programme included The Polar Express and The Snowman to Sleigh Ride and Merry Christmas Everybody, plus the obligatory White Christmas, Christmas Song and many others. The joint items of Mid-Winter and A Christmas Fantasy with the choir received incredible ovations from the audience and, at the very end of the concert, the audience literally refused to move or go home, demanding at least one encore at the very least! 

 

Throughout the whole concert the atmosphere was superb, the absolute best, and the subsequent messages and e-mails have been proof (if it were needed) that everyone in the audience thoroughly enjoyed a very special night to start off their Christmas.

Like brass bands of all levels and standards, December and the Christmas period in particular are, by far, the busiest weeks of the year and require exceptional commitment from every band member, conductor and band supporter in carrying out a wide variety of full band, small band and even smaller band engagements on a nightly basis. Once again this year December has been an exceptional and highly enjoyable and successful month for Eagley and we hope 2018 will start off just as superbly, with our first appearance in a Second Section Contest (since our promotion) at Butlins in Skegness on Saturday January 13th and almost immediately after that, a Gala Concert in Bolton’s Albert Hall, inside Bolton Town Hall, just two weeks later, on Saturday January 27th at 7.30pm, again in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton.

Bolton Hospice Christmas Concert Tickets now on sale

Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band & Smithills Community Choir Launch Bolton Hospice Christmas Concert Tickets

Saturday 16th December 7.30pm

Tickets for the annual Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band and Smithills Community Choir Victoria Hall Christmas Concert, in aid of Bolton Hospice on Saturday December 16th, have now gone on sale to the public.

For the first time at these usually packed concerts there will be brand new arrangements of music from Disney’s “Frozen” and animated films “The Snowman” and “Polar Express” plus White Christmas, the Christmas music of Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra, Sleigh Ride, Troika and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas plus many other traditional carols and the usual array of surprises and audience involvements… from Jingle Bells to Away In  Manger!

Music from other Christmas films and requests such as “The Incredibles” from the new Eagley Band CD will also feature in the concert.

Tickets can be bought in person, priced £6 with £5 for concessions, from Eagley Band members, Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate, the Victoria Hall Box Office, Bolton Hospice, Smithills School Reception or on line without any booking fee or charges whatsoever from www.egertontickets.com    all proceeds going directly to Bolton Hospice.

We hope as many people as possible will come along as ever, dress up in red and green, wear Christmas jumpers, whatever everyone would like to wear in order to enter into the Christmas mood!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Councillor Roger Hayes and his wife, will be attending the concert as first citizens of the town and the evening promises once again to be fun, fast and festive!

Please forward this e-mail to as many of your contacts as you are able – we hope very much to pack the hall once again and have a great atmosphere as always!

With best wishes and a very early Happy Christmas to all.