Eagley Band Brochure 2017

 

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THE EAGLEY BAND Established 1850 Musical Director - Chris Wormald Principal Cornet - Geoff Gliddon

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A WARM WELCOME TO EAGLEY BAND Eagley Band was formed way back in the winter of 1850, initially as the Eagley Sunday School Band attached to Eagley Mills, a group of textile manufacturing premises that were situated just to the north of Bolton, Lancashire. Very soon after its formation, the band changed its name to The Eagley Mills Band and whilst there were many northern-based brass bands throughout much of the twentieth century incorporating words such as ‘Silver’ or ‘Colliery’ within their names, very few bands, one notable exception being the mighty Black Dyke Band, remained throughout most of the twentieth century as Eagley did, with the title of ‘Mills’ proudly and prominently in its name. The Eagley Mills Band began to establish itself within twenty to thirty years and finally entered its first contest in 1885, an event held at Kearsley Moor near Bolton, where the band was awarded Third Prize and the princely sum of £6 under its conductor, Edwin Swift. Mr. Swift, along with Messrs. Alexander Owen and John Gladney, was one third of what became known as the “great triumvirate,” a trio of esteemed brass band conductors in the late nineteenth century who played a hugely important role in the development of the entire brass band movement and brass band music in general. Mr. Swift was also credited with being the man who introduced the music of Richard Wagner to brass bands. In spite of being in great demand with other ensembles, Edwin Swift continued to direct The Eagley Mills Band until his death in 1904. The first surviving photographs of the band were taken in 1898 and depict the players wearing ordinary suits and “billy cock” hats, the first proper band uniform not being purchased until 1905, the year after Mr. Swift’s death. The Eagley Mills Band continued to enter competitions for many years and, thanks to the skills of its conductors and the dedication of its playing members, became one if the premier bands in the country. Notable successes included appearances as far afield as Kirkcaldy in Scotland and at famous contests such as Belle Vue in Manchester (now known as The Grand Shield) and the British Open Brass Band Championships. The dawning of the First World War in 1914 had a not unexpected, devastating impact on all northern-based brass bands and reduced Eagley’s own activities greatly. With many of Eagley’s musicians leaving for the front line, the band’s activities ground to almost nothing, but Eagley was fortunate to have a fresh pool of talent on which to draw, from the mills with which it was linked. It was not until late 1919 that the band resumed playing in full again, the only notable and regular contribution during the First World War being various members of the Cornet section who would take it in turn to perform ‘The Last Post’ every day at memorial services to honour and remember those who had been killed. Twenty years later, in 1939, the advent of the Second World War once again had a similar, devastating impact on Eagley and almost all brass bands, although an Eagley Mills Youth Band was formed during this period to ensure the future continuation of the main band, as and when the war would eventually come to an end. A local newspaper reported the Eagley Mills Youth Band’s first concert being held in the actual mills themselves in 1945. Contest success for the main Eagley Mills

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Band followed the end of the Second World War which, in turn, led to invitations to broadcast on national radio and, in 1956, even a rare television appearance too - quite an achievement at that time, even more so than would be the case today. By the mid-1960s, The Eagley Mills Band was under the long-time conductorship of Ernie Appleyard, a Bolton man who had distinguished himself in the army and with many of the great brass bands of that time, playing under such great conductors as Sir Adrian Boult and Harry Mortimer. However, the year of 1971 brought grave news for the musicians of Eagley; it was announced that the mills would be closing, bringing to an end the 120 year association with the band. Just like John Foster’s Black Dyke Mills would also close and result in a name change for their esteemed band to simply The Black Dyke Band, so Eagley would also drop the word ‘Mills’ from its name and be known as The Eagley Band, the name by which it would exist for the next twenty years. Up to 1971, the mills had provided rehearsal facilities within its complex and also many of the band’s instruments. Ownership of the instruments was generously transferred to the band and yet it still found itself without a permanent bandroom or secure financial backing. In spite of this, the band continued to be relatively successful, thanks in part to the support of local schools and most notably at the time Thornleigh College, from which a nucleus of fine players joined Eagley in the early 1970s. The year 1989 saw the appointment of 28 year-old Chris Wormald as Eagley Band’s new, dynamic and young Musical Director. Appointed as the town’s Head of Brass Instrumental Teaching some six years earlier in 1983, Mr. Wormald immediately set about meeting with local businesses to seek sponsorship for Eagley. This was achieved very swiftly and a mutually beneficial relationship was begun with the town’s main Volkswagen-Audi dealership at that time, McMillan’s of Bolton. As a result, and for almost all of the nine, highly successful years Mr. Wormald directed the band in his first spell in charge of the baton, Eagley was renamed McMillan’s Eagley Band and would win 11 major contests under that name and 42 podium finishes from 51 contests entered in the first Wormald era. Eventually a change in personnel at the car dealership saw the sponsorship come to an end and the band revert to its current name once more. After a gap of nearly two decades, the opportunity arose in the Summer of 2016 for Chris Wormald to be re-appointed as Eagley Band’s Musical Director, an invitation he was honoured to accept. With full band membership quickly achieved once again, thanks in no small part to the support of his many current and former outstanding Smithills School musicians, Eagley Band has already won its first contest in some 17 years at Ripon Cathedral, begun a series of CD recordings with the World of Sound label and exciting times certainly lie ahead once again for this very proud and historic brass band, one of the oldest in the world. © Eagley Band

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Geoff Gliddon PRINCIPAL CORNET Lilly Taylor SOPRANO CORNET Martyn Walsh ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CORNET Marcus Atty SOLO CORNET Stephen Wheeler SOLO CORNET Lynsey Hayes DEPUTY PRINCIPAL CORNET Phoebe Matthews DEPUTY SOLO CORNET Rebecca Crompton REPIENO CORNET Lauren Brabiner SECOND CORNET

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Lauren Patel SECOND CORNET Paul Field THIRD CORNET Robert Bradley THIRD CORNET Janet Walsh FLUGEL HORN Deb Lyons PRINCIPAL TENOR HORN Suzanne Gliddon FIRST TENOR HORN Dominic Patel DEPUTY FIRST TENOR HORN Chloe Dunlevy SECOND TENOR HORN Emma Warren DEPUTY SECOND TENOR HORN

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THE EAGLEY BAND Musical Director - Chris Wormald Principal Cornet - Geoff Gliddon PERSONNEL Principal Cornet Geoff Gliddon Soprano Cornet Lilly Taylor Solo Cornet Martyn Walsh (Assistant Principal) Marcus Atty Stephen Wheeler Lynsey Hayes (Deputy Principal) Phoebe Matthews (Deputy) Repieno Cornet Rebecca Crompton Second Cornet Lauren Brabiner Lauren Patel Third Cornet Paul Field Robert Bradley Flugel Horn Janet Walsh Principal Tenor Horn Deb Lyons First Tenor Horn Suzanne Gliddon Dominic Patel (Deputy) Second Tenor Horn Chloe Dunlevy Emma Warren (Deputy) Principal Baritone Kay Brannon Second Baritone Tina Banks Principal Trombone Stephen Breen Second Trombone Ryan Fildes Bass Trombone Declan Cullen Ross Smith (Deputy) Principal Euphonium Caitlin Stranks Second Euphonium Martyn Kay Laura Hemmings (Deputy) EEb Bass Lee Hemmings (Principal) Christian Hodson BBb Bass Andrew Stevens (Principal) Ciaran Stranks Rupert Greenhalgh (Deputy) Percussion Rob Gliddon (Principal) Sophie Dunlevy Leo Turner-Patel Tom Wildgust

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Bolton Victoria Hall Bolton Lions Club Gala Charity Concert Saturday 8th April 2017

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Kay Brannon PRINCIPAL BARITONE Tina Banks SECOND BARITONE Stephen Breen PRINCIPAL TROMBONE Ryan Fildes SECOND TROMBONE Declan Cullen BASS TROMBONE Ross Smith DEPUTY BASS TROMBONE Caitlin Stranks PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM Martyn Kay SECOND EUPHONIUM Laura Hemmings DEPUTY SECOND EUPHONIUM

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Lee Hemmings PRINCIPAL EEb BASS Christian Hodson SECOND EEb BASS Andrew Stevens PRINCIPAL BBb BASS Ciaran Stranks SECOND BBb BASS Rupert Greenhalgh DEPUTY BBb BASS Robert Gliddon PRINCIPAL PERCUSSION Sophie Dunlevy PERCUSSION Leo Turner-Patel PERCUSSION Tom Wildgust PERCUSSION

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Musical Director - Chris Wormald Born in 1961, Chris Wormald received the 1998 Mortimer Medal from The Worshipful Company of Musicians at the British Open in Symphony Hall, Birmingham and was also named 2001 Classic FM Music Teacher of The Year at a lavish ceremony in London. He has been a long time member of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors, National Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and has won numerous contests, competitions, festivals and awards as a conductor, horn player, teacher, arranger and pianist. Chris has over one hundred brass band arrangements published with Obrasso, Wright & Round, Kirklees Music and Studio Music and similarly has over one hundred major adjudications to his credit all over the World since 1991, the emphasis being on Championship Section and national contests since 2004. These include the recent Swiss and French National Championships, three English National Championships, two Scottish Opens, Brass In Concert, Grand Shield (Senior Cup and Senior Trophy), National Brass Band Finals, multiple Yorkshire, North West, Midlands, London, South West and Scottish Area contests, Muse Festival (Singapore), Pontins, Wilkinson Northern Open, Carnegie Trust, Preston Guildhall, Durham and Leicestershire Associations, BBL (Northern Ireland), Scottish Borders, Buxton, Weston-Super-Mare, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Easingwold, Skipton, Fleetwood, Ebbw Vale, Hardraw Scar, Minsthorpe, Morley, Rhyl, Whit Friday (annually at Greenfield) and the British Open Solo & Quartet Championships. Chris has conducted adult brass bands professionally since 1983. His first long-term appointment was to Eagley Band in September 1989 and during his initial nine years as Musical Director, together they won 11 major contests and finished in the top 6 places on 42 occasions within 51 contests. Chris was MD of Wingates Band (1998-2000), during which time he conducted at the British Open, All England Masters and many major contests with distinction, Haydock Band (2000-2002) and Hoover Bolton Band (2002-2005), during which time the band won numerous contests including the 2004 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain (Third Section) just a year after finishing second in the 2003 national finals by a single point. Other major conducting highlights include directing Brighouse & Rastrick Band at the 1994 Leek Arts Festival and Grimethorpe in rehearsals and concerts from Reading Town Hall to South Wales in 2007 whilst the band was the National Champion Band of Great Britain. Chris continues to guest conduct these major Championship Section bands to this day. He joined James Shepherd Versatile Brass as French Horn soloist for five years at the personal invitation of Jim Shepherd in 1990, the year he was also appointed to Smithills School as its Head of Music and Drama. Chris had previously been Head of Brass Instrumental Teaching for Bolton MBC since 1983, during which time he also taught at the RNCM in Manchester. As a teenager, Chris was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain alongside Ian Bousfield, Nick Childs, Steven Mead and Martin Winter and played with the NYBBGB under Harry Mortimer at Belle Vue in 1978. Chris formed his internationally renowned Smithills School Senior Brass Band in 1991 and in twenty years of competition they won fifty one major national and international competitions including becoming World Brass Band Champions in Kerkrade, Holland in 2005 (Adult, 3rd Section) and winning twelve National Festival of Music For Youth titles at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham in sixteen years, including two runs of five consecutive years in that time - a level of success never achieved by any school before or since. Chris conducted Smithills all over the World, from Norway to New Zealand and Japan to America (five concert tours) in addition to eight times at the Royal Albert Hall in London before retiring from teaching at the school in July 2015 and subsequently retiring from conducting all of his multiple award-winning Smithills School bands and ensembles in July 2017. As an orchestral horn player, Chris made his professional London debut in the Philharmonia Orchestra at The Barbican in 2003 after two decades of professional freelancing throughout the UK, something he continues to do to this day. His published brass band arrangements are recorded and performed by Black Dyke, Cory, Brighouse & Rastrick and many of the World’s leading brass bands. Chris is delighted to have been re-appointed Musical Director of The Eagley Band from September 2016 and their recent victory together at the 2017 Ripon Contest was hopefully the first of very many more to come.

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Bolton Victoria Hall - Saturday 8th April 2017 Gala Charity Concert In Aid of Bolton Lions Club

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Ripon Brass Band Contest - Saturday 3rd June 2017 Music Champions • Entertainment Champions • Overall Champions

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