- To follow our latest discoveries – READ OUR BLOG
- To read a short account of George Allan – READ ABOUT GEORGE: ‘The Wizard’
- To read a short account of Thomas Bulch – READ ABOUT THOMAS: ‘The Typhoon’
- To hear their music go to our – AUDIO COLLECTION
- If you want snippets on progress as they occur – OUR TWITTER FEED
Our mission: here is to gather, and share, as much as we can about the lives, and work, of these two remarkable Victorians (and in the case of T. E. Bulch that term applies in more than one sense) for the benefit of the people of the community from which they emerged, for the brass band fraternity as a whole, and for those who love a great story stuffed to the gills with coincidence, tragedy, triumph and magnificent music, some of which you can hear right here.
The Friends of the Wizard and Typhoon, formed in 2018, are a group of individuals united by a common goal to rediscover, preserve and retell the stories of, and promote the music of, the brass band composers and legendary bandmasters, Thomas Edward Bulch and George Allan.
Why these two gentlemen alone? Well, whilst it’s true that there have been a great many bandmasters and composers of brass music, what binds these two together is the unusual fact that they were born just fifteen months apart only a couple of streets away from each other in the young railway town of New Shildon. These days their respective legacies have sadly become a distant and vague memory despite the incredible things they achieved on a truly global stage. We’d like very much to change that.
Throughout the lifetime of this group we propose to execute a number of related projects to:
1 – Rediscover, and retell, the stories of the two composers
2 – Collect the music they composed
3 – Seek opportunities for the community to hear the music performed
4 – Preserve a record of the stories and music
5 – Create a lasting legacy in a way that will benefit, and perhaps inspire, the people of Shildon, of the North East of England and the brass banding fraternity and fans of brass music everywhere
Group members include bandsmen, former bandsmen, and non-bandsmen. We welcome anyone who would care to join us on this journey and who is happy to share in our goals and ambitions. If you’d be interested contact us using firstname.lastname@example.org
Current officers of the Group
Hon. Patrons: – Mr. Eric Stanley Tomkins (grandson of Thomas E Bulch), Mr. Richard Evans
Chair: – Mr. Daniel Childs
Secretary: – Mr. Dave Reynolds
Treasurer: – Ms. Kelly Ambrosini