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Gala Christmas Concert in Aid of Bolton Hospice

Once again this December, Eagley Band, Smithills Community Band, Smithills Community Choir, Musical Director Chris Wormald and Pianist Robert Aston take to the magnificent stage at the Victoria Hall with an audience involved ‘Gala Christmas Concert’ of seasonal fun for everyone aged from 5 to 105!

As every year, proceeds from this very special Christmas Concert will go to Bolton Hospice but, for the first time this December, there will also be a special donation made to Bolton’s Special Care For Babies Unit – another superb charity very close to many of the Eagley and Smithills musicians and singers.

The fun evening of audience involved Christmas music will feature seasonal favourites and carols ranging from “Silent Night” and “Away In A Manger” to “Sleigh Ride” and “White Christmas” with mighty classics such as “A Christmas Fantasy” by Gordon Longford included together with recent hits such as Michael Buble’s “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and a brilliant new suite for younger audience members from the Tom Hanks film “Polar Express” which will receive its very first public performance at this concert!

As always with Eagley, Smithills and Chris Wormald there will be audience participation from the very start right through to the end, with regular opportunities throughout the evening to win free prizes of chocolate and the brand new 2018 Eagley Christmas CD!

Tickets are all priced at only £5 for everyone this year and with a fantastic 1,000 people attending last year’s Eagley/Smithills Christmas Concert, we hope to fill the hall completely this year on December 22nd!

Please come along of you can!

Tickets are now on sale from the Victoria Hall Box Office, Bolton Hospice and Bolton Hospice shops, Booth’s Music (Churchgate), Smithills School Reception and, without any extra charges whatsoever, www.boltonmethodistmission.org.uk/events and www.egertontickets.com  

Bromley Cross Community Gathers To Mark First World War Centenary | This Is Lancashire

by Deb Lyons

A POIGNANT service was held to mark 100 years since the armistice of November 11, 1918, which brought an end to the fighting between the Allied forces and Germany during the First World War.

Some 200 people attended the centenary commemoration at Christ Church Walmsley in Egerton, to remember the soldiers who fell while serving their country.

Those gathered included the Bishop of Bolton, Mark Ashcroft, Sir David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, and the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Elaine Sherrington, among other civic and religious leaders.

The service opened with a medley of wartime songs, ‘Keep Smiling Through’, and fanfare, performed by the long-established Eagley Brass Band, led by Musical Director Chris Wormald.

A selection of poetry, readings and moving imagery had been collated for the commemoration, which saw the community come together to remember all experiences, good and bad, of conflicts past and present.

The service featured true stories of courage and bravery, contributed by families living in Bromley Cross.

Cllr Sherrington said: “It was a very moving service commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.

“There were stories of real people who had lived in Bromley Cross, who had served during the War.

“The service was put together very well and I was very pleased to have been invited.”

Church warden Dawn Hitchen was heavily involved in organising the service after being approached by Bromley Cross ward councillors with the idea.

She said: “We wanted to organise a fitting commemoration for those who have lost loved ones, not just during the conflict of the First World War, but in other wars too.

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended. It was very heartwarming to see people come together.

“Particular thanks go to Eagley Brass Band, who brought the fanfare element to the commemorations. Thanks also go to Mark Head for producing the amazing programme with the help of Ken Holt, and to Derek Bailey who has coordinated various memorabilia from the First World War.”

A heritage day was held in September, when members of the community were encouraged to share remembrances or memorabilia, in word, image or artefact, of the First World War. These memories and real stories were used to form much of the content of the service.

Staff and pupils from local schools also contributed to the gathering, through readings and the creation of various art pieces for the displays.

As part of the service, those gathered joined in with some of the music, including the well-known refrain ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Keep the Home Fire Burning’.

A procession made their way to the front of the church, as children carried candles. The Bishop of Bolton then led the congregation in the act of remembrance before the Last Post rang out and a two minute silence was observed by all of those gathered.

Rev Carol Hayden said: “The service commemorating the First World War armistice was a great act of community remembrance, giving us the opportunity to collectively remember those who gave their lives.

“It was a well-attended event with representatives from across the whole community — young and old.

“The service comprised of many elements including the lighting of candles by school children and music played by Eagley Brass Band. We also heard the stories of local soldiers that served during the First World War, which was particularly poignant as they were personal and connected to our local area.

“Thanks and credit goes to those who worked hard to organise the event.”

Photograph from This is Lancashire

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.

Another Victoria Hall Concert Success!

by Deb Lyons

On Saturday evening, July 7th, we once again took to the stage of Bolton’s superb Victoria Hall on a swelteringly hot 2018 Summer evening to give our concert entitled Movies, Musicals And Miscellany! Further inspired by the afternoon win by England’s footballers in the quarter-finals of the World Cup being held in Russia, there was a definite added buzz in the large audience (and the band!) and once again we wowed everyone who attended with performances of Mission Impossible, The Incredibles, Jaws, Batman, Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom, This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman), A James Bond Tribute, Highlights from Les Miserables and many more too.

The evening was one of the hottest concerts many of the band members had ever given, so much so that for the joint items with Smithills Community Band and Choir after the interval, band jackets had to be removed and bottles of water allowed on the stage, a first time for everything .
Click here to visit our Gallery to see highlight from the evening.

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.

Concert For Christie’s Hospital

On Saturday April 21st, and for the first time ever, Eagley Band and Smithills Community musicians and singers will be raising money for the Christie Hospital. The award-winning Bolton musicians, singers and their conductor Chris Wormald will once again take to the stage of the superb Victoria Hall to raise as much money as possible for this major cancer hospital at their annual Night of Music For St George.
Christie’s Hospital
Eagley and Smithills have teamed up to raise money for Bolton Hospice, Help For Heroes, the RNLI, Bolton Lions, Bolton Rotary and The Mayor of Bolton’s Charity but now it is the turn of the magnificent Christie’s Hospital.
Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd Birthday
Not only will Saturday April 21st be the annual Night of Music for St George and feature guest singer John Kearns, it is also the exact date of Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd birthday, so there will be the usual audience participation in Jerusalem, Land of Hope And Glory, Rule Britannia, the National Anthem and much more besides!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & Thunderbirds
The concert will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a tribute to the iconic puppets of Thunderbirds, Mars from The Planets, a spectacular new Back To The Future feature and an extended arrangement of music by composer John Williams which includes Harry Potter, Star Wars. Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones and E.T.
Tickets priced at just £6 (£5 concessions) are available from Booth’s 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, one of the Octagon Theatre founders.
For further information, please visit www.eagleyband.co.uk or contact Chris Wormald at cj.wormald@btopenworld.com or visit  www.egertontickets.com

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.

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.