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Two Bolton Mayors To Attend Eagley Victoria Hall Summer Concert!

by Deb Lyons

As the Eagley Band Victoria Hall Summer Concert on Saturday July 9th moves ever closer, everyone involved in the concert is proud and honoured that not one, but two Bolton Mayors will be in attendance!

The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, and the Mayor of Horwich, Councillor Steven Chadwick, will both be VIP guests in the circle balcony at the concert which, as always, will feature the full Eagley Band and Conductor Chris Wormald in every piece throughout the evening and joined together with performances in both halves by the Community Choir and by the Community Band after the interval.

Councillors Zaman and Chadwick are both no strangers to Eagley Band already this month. At the start of June, Councillor Zaman took to the stage with Eagley outside Bolton Town Hall in the town centre square as the band performed for Bolton Council’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Saturday June 4th with music ranging from Genesis, Elgar and Toto to Birdland, Parry and James Bond as well as performing once again for the Mayor the very next afternoon in Egerton Park, near Walmsley Cenotaph.

That same bank holiday weekend, the full Eagley Band performed all afternoon in Horwich on Friday June 3rd just days after the band was highly honoured to provide all of the music for the inauguration service of Councillor Chadwick as the new Mayor of Horwich at St Mary’s R.C. Church the previous Sunday. Councillor Chadwick has nominated Eagley Band as one of the registered charities for his year in office and the band will be performing at a number of events for his charities throughout the next twelve months.

Tickets for the Eagley Band, Community Choir and Community Band Summer Concert at Bolton’s Victoria Hall taking place at 7.30pm on Saturday July 9th are all priced at just £5 as always and already selling well. They are still available in advance from the Victoria Hall Box Office online at or Tel.522569, from Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate Tel.522908, from members of Eagley Band, Community Choir, Community Band or on the door.

Eagley Band, Community Choir & Community Band In Concert!

by Deb Lyons

Now that the fantastic Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend is behind us (we had 4 fantastic concerts in just 3 days!), it’s full steam ahead towards our next Victoria Hall Gala Concert in less than 5 weeks!

With all tickets again priced at just £5 per person, even a family of 4 people can get dressed up if they wish (jeans and t-shirts are just as good!), come along and watch, listen, sing lots of songs they will know, clap, have fun and get involved from the start for just £20. That’s cheaper than most cinemas!

The concert will include Mars from The Planets, music by John Williams (Raiders of The Lost Ark to E.T.), Wagner, Toto, Journey, Holst, Judie Tzuke, James Curnow, Andersson & Ulvaeus from Abba, Duke Ellington, Van Morrison, the original Star Trek television series, The Great Gate of Kiev in honour of the Ukranian nation, Amazing Grace and many more!

Please forward this e-mail to all of your contacts and those people whom you know who have always enjoyed coming to our Victoria Hall concerts!

Tickets are on sale now from the Victoria Hall Box Office and members of Eagley Band, Community Choir and Community Band. They will also be on sale as usual at Booth’s Music in Churchgate from this weekend too! 

So, pop the date of Saturday 9th July in your plans, 7.30pm start as always, and if you prefer to pay on the door, that’s great – as long as you promise to come along!

Many thanks as always for supporting all of us involved with Bolton’s oldest brass band (formed 1850 and one of the oldest brass bands in the World) and our wonderful Community Choir & Band!

Another Victoria Hall Eagley Success!

by Deb Lyons

On Saturday night, April 23rd, we took to the stage at Bolton’s Victoria Hall once again for only the second time in three years due to the pandemic, this being our latest concert for St George in association with Bolton Lions charity. Together with our usual Victoria Hall stage guests, our M.D. Chris Wormald’s Community Choir and, after the interval, his Community Band too, we performed another superb night enjoyed by a wonderful audience of many hundreds of enthusiastic Boltonians!

The compliments which all of the performers received after the concert were unanimously effusive and everyone was of the belief that Eagley had played even better than ever. All of our principal players, led by Cornetist Lynsey Hayes, really brought their ‘A’ game to the entire concert and this led to everyone else in the band playing at their absolute best level too, from the opening notes of Army of The Nile through to the Star Wars encore at end of the concert. It was a programme of technique, sound and stamina for every player too, from outstanding Soprano Lilly Gliddon to the superb four Basses and three percussionists who had all been members of the award-winning Smithills bands with our M.D. during their school years before joining Eagley. Our programme included well known pieces ranging from Let’s Face The Music and Dance to Star Wars (in tribute to composer John Williams’ 90th birthday) but also brand new arrangements made especially by Chris Wormald such as Wherever You Maybe, The Prayer and many more.

Our hugely successful evening, with proceeds going to Ukraine via Bolton Lions, also included a performance of the 1976 hit Music in recognition of the passing of John Miles in December and only a day after it was announced that legendary brass band figure Richard Evans had died, the combined bands, choir and audience joined forces in a powerful rendition of Be Still For The Presence of The Lord involving over 600 voices which raised the roof and created goose bumps for everyone in honour of Mr Evans. The combined forces of Eagley, the Community Choir and Community Band also performed an emotive Prayer For Ukraine during the second half of the concert in solidarity with numerous bands and choirs all currently giving concerts throughout the UK and Europe.

A great night was once again enjoyed by everyone who played, sang, performed, supported, attended and spoke from the stage, and with a hugely successful raffle and the superb printed programmes selling out completely long before all of the audience had arrived, the evening was a huge success in every respect.

An Eagley Night of Music For St George – Victoria Hall, Bolton

by Deb Lyons

Once again we at Eagley Band are returning to the magnificent Victoria Hall in Bolton on Saturday 23rd April at 7.30pm with our MD Chris Wormald who will be conducting the full concert which will also feature the Community Choir and Community Wind Band performing a varied night of popular and well known music.

For the first time ever, our April 23rd concert will include Cole Porter’s classic film musical High Society featuring the iconic songs Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? True Love, You’re Sensational and Well Did You Ever? and there will be a number of songs associated with the repertoire of Andre Rieu including Smile, composed by Charlie Chaplin.

In addition to keeping Eagley Band, the Community Choir and Community Wind Band in existence after the enforced two year pandemic break, proceeds from this St George’s Day Gala Concert will go towards Bolton Lions Charity. Current Lions President Jeff Hartley and many of his Bolton charity members will be in attendance at the concert.

All tickets for our very special St George’s Day concert at 7.30pm are priced at the single rate of just £5 and are on sale now from the Victoria Hall Box Office (Tel.522569), Booth’s Music Shop in Churchgate (Tel.522908), Eagley Band President Gerry Russell (Tel.07764 826233), band and choir members, online via the website without any additional booking fee or on the door.

From Little Lever To The Victoria Hall – A Very Welcome & Happy December For Eagley

After the complete vacuum of any full band concerts throughout 2020, of any playing at all from March 2020 through to half way into 2021, and with a complete absence of any Christmas performances at all last year, this December proved to be a wonderful, and very near normal, Eagley Band Christmas, with full concerts and smaller performances led by our MD Chris Wormald starting as most years at Little Lever Conservative Club on the first Friday of the month and going through to our fabulous Victoria Hall Gala Concert on the third Saturday evening, with numerous other bookings in between, and a small social gathering to end the year.

After an absence of two years since any full Eagley Band concerts in public until the recent Remembrance Sunday just a few weeks ago, this year’s Little Lever Christmas Concert on Friday December 3rd took on considerable extra significance and meaning for everyone in the band, for our audience, and for all who were involved in any way staging the event. What a brilliant and fun concert it was too! For many years, our Little Lever Christmas Concert has been the start of a heavy Eagley Band December Christmas schedule, concluding on Christmas Eve with outdoor carolling, and this December proved to be exactly as we had intended and hoped.

Only two of the band’s traditional, annual bookings had to be cancelled by organisers due to Covid concerns, these being our annual full band Christmas concert in Blackrod and the Walmsley Unitarian Chapel Carol Service which is always completely packed every year. Those two engagements apart, the band performed throughout the month both indoors and out, raising much needed funds after two years without concert income by carolling on two separate weekends in Bolton Market Place, performing as usual at Eagley Cricket Club, Bolton Masonic Hall on Monday and Saturday evenings, at the Walmsley Cenotaph for the switching on of the Bromley Cross and Egerton Christmas lights, on a housing estate in Westhoughton, up at Horrocks Fold near Belmont, the fantastic Victoria Hall Saturday night Gala Christmas Concert  and finally finishing the year carolling outside at Tesco Horwich. We survived the whole month without any band member testing positive for Covid or needing to isolate, so it was a huge pleasure and great relief to everyone for us to be able to play throughout the whole month with all of our own players, no empty seats, and with no last minute changes, rearrangements or a single dep. required to fill an unexpected gap.

Such a highly successful month is a tribute to all of the organisation and responsible attitudes taken by all of the band members and their families throughout the Autumn, especially since returning from our Nationals Final performance in the Second Section down at Cheltenham in September. To round off a hugely successful and very happy banding month, and bid farewell not only to a difficult 2021 as a whole but also being a Second Section band no longer, our Principal Cornet Lynsey Hayes organised a wonderful, small band social at her house on December 28th to mark the joint birthdays of both Deb Lyons and Becca Crompton the previous day. Twenty band members were able to attend plus Lynsey’s family and it was a perfect way to end Eagley’s half year since returning to play together in the Summer. 

Everyone at Eagley Band sends their very best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe 2022 and we hope that our new life in the First Section will get under way as planned in early January and be a good one!

Eagley Christmas Concert Tickets Now On Sale!

As for so many years, the arrival of November means two things for us at Eagley Band – our annual Remembrance Sunday parade march and full afternoon concert in Little Lever are less than two weeks away and tickets go on sale to the public for our Victoria Hall Christmas Concert being held on Saturday 18th December at 7.30pm this year!

After all the cancellations of November and December last year due to pandemic lockdowns and restrictions, this Christmas we are once again returning to the Victoria Hall and are delighted to be able to celebrate musically after last year’s enforced emptiness. Our annual Gala Christmas Spectacular Concert at the Victoria Hall will again be in aid of Bolton Hospice. The relationship between our Musical Director and Bolton Hospice dates back well over thirty years, during which time tens of thousands of pounds have been donated.

On the evening of Saturday December 18th at 7.30pm, our flagship Eagley Band will once again join forces with the Community Band and Community Choir to perform another family fun evening of Christmas music to the highest standards, for which our concerts are renowned. The evening will feature much audience participation as always, traditional carols, a few surprises and a wonderfully uplifting night of music and fun to welcome in Christmas week!

Tickets are for our Christmas Concert are on sale now from the Victoria Hall Box Office (522569), Booth’s Music (522908), our Eagley Band President Mr Gerry Russell (07764 826233), or on the door.

Eagley Band – The 2020 Video Series!

by Deb Lyons

Towards the very end of 2019, Eagley Band was one of the bands which performed a full concert ‘live’ to the world via the internet from Boarshurst Bandroom one Sunday evening. The programme featured sixteen works performed equally, either side of a short interval. Once again at absolute full strength without a single dep or ringer in sight, the Eagley concert conducted by MD Chris Wormald was a huge success and attracted wonderful compliments on social media from as far away and apart as Canada and New Zealand with regard to the performance, the arrangements and pieces chosen and the musicianship of the band.

The sixteen works which were broadcast ‘live’ and which have been captured individually on multi-camera video are; O.R.B., Amazing Grace, Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Cornet Soloist – Lynsey Hayes), Birdland, Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite, Portrait of My Love (Euphonium Soloist – Caitlyn Stranks), Knight Templar, Forty Second Street, Bohemian Rhapsody, The President, Saving All My Love For You (Flugel Horn Soloist – Janet Walsh), Tom And Jerry, Heart of Courage, Mr Blue Sky, Moonlight Serenade and Mahler’s Resurrection. Over the next eight weeks, we are going to be uploading a new video every few days to our Facebook page, so that two of the videos can be seen each and every week. Please enjoy our current 2020 band in ‘live’ concert! All of the pieces performed are published, either by their original publisher or by Obrasso (Switzerland) but every arrangement performed on the videos is published and available from all established brass band music retailers.

Traditional brass band concerts usually start with a march, so as not to break with tradition here is our concert opener the march ORB.

Good evening and welcome to Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club – this evening we have MD Christopher Wormald and 2nd Section #eagleyband at the club. Established in 1850 the band have seen success on the contesting stage and in the concert hall. We welcome them to Boarshurst Club and look forward to a great evening of brass entertainment.First piece of the evening is great march – O.R.B. (Anderson) #Sundaybrass #boarshurstbandclub #marstons #keepmusiclive #boarshurstlivestream

Posted by Boarshurst Silver Band on Sunday, November 17, 2019

Mayor’s Charity Ball 2020, Bolton Town Hall

On Friday evening March 6th, the Mayor of Bolton’s spectacular annual Charity Ball took place in Bolton Town Hall in what proved to be our band’s last public engagement before the enforced break due to the pandemic virus. It was certainly a great evening for our superb musicians and everyone present!

The theme for the whole evening, as chosen by the Mayor, Councillor Hilary Fairclough, was James Bond. All of the music we performed had to be from the James Bond films, stunning tuxedos and classic dinner suits were in abundance amongst the guests, as were amazing dresses, and all of the invited guests were provided with a complimentary dry martini on arrival (shaken, not stirred, obviously!) or a non-alcoholic alternative. Originally the timing of the 2020 Mayor’s Ball should have coincided with the forthcoming release of the latest, and twenty fifth, official James Bond film “No Time To Die” but with the Mayor’s Charity Ball organised and set many weeks in advance, the James Bond film producers then announced that the global release of their new film would be delayed by over seven months to much nearer Christmas, entirely due to the vast majority of cinemas around the world being instructed to close.

The brief for our Eagley Band performance was to bring a small band, a 15 piece ensemble at most, and perform all of the published music of James Bond films for an hour or more as the many VIP and civic guests arrived. As our MD Chris Wormald has more published arrangements of James Bond music around the world than any other professional arranger, this really was the perfect, ideal brief for us at Eagley. Amongst the civic guests listening to our superb performance was a wide variety of local and political figures including a number of past Mayor’s, previous Leaders and Deputy Leaders of Bolton Council, the current Leader of the council and huge supporter of Eagley Band for many years, David Greenhalgh, the Vice Chancellor of Bolton University, George Holmes, and an array of leading business figures, entrepreneurs, press and journalists from the town.

The evening proved to be a great success for all those attending and especially for our Eagley ensemble which sounded stunning from start to finish.