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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 www.egertontickets.com without any additional booking fee 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

Another Victoria Hall Concert Success!

by Deb Lyons

On Saturday night July 6th we once again took to the stage of Bolton’s Victoria Hall for another gala concert with our friends from Smithills Community Music and our shared MD Chris Wormald. What a great concert it was again too!

The evening was not only another one of our very best ever, but certainly one of the hottest in terms of temperature on stage which many of us can remember too, undoubtedly affected by the sheer size of the audience which came to watch. We aren’t complaining about that though and it is wonderful to perform in front of so many people!

Our concert began with the fantastic played march O.R.B. and the cornet solo Cry Me A River played by Lynsey Hayes as she did with the band so superbly four weeks earlier in Amboise at the French Open Brass Band Championships. New York! New York! featured the audience and special guest vocalist Andrew Whittle who came up from the audience to join us.

To see photos from the concert, visit our Gallery Page

Black Dyke come to Bolton!

by Deb Lyons

Plans are really taking shape for our Eagley Band pre-concert set in the Victoria Hall on Saturday March 23rd when Black Dyke come to Bolton!

Our exciting programme is finalised, our rehearsals are going superbly well and we can’t wait to see a huge audience come to see us play and welcome the most famous brass band in the world to our town!

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.

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!