Check out our latest Blog Post
We maintain a Blog on the site setting out anything significant we’ve been learning about in understanding the lives of George Allan and T. E Bulch. In our latest post, added in January 2019, entitled Minutes, Manuscript and Munitions, we look at how both Bulch and Allan chose to have work they published themselves printed by the best print houses in Germany, why, and what effect that had in the long run.
Looking for a brass fix? – Try “The Music of George Allan” on CD
We’re happy to tell you that we’ve been able to get this terrific CD of marches by George Allan re-pressed so that the music can be heard by even more people. The CD features the Ever Ready Band, Barnard Castle Band, Langbaurgh Brass and Ferryhill Town Band and includes 13 of George’s best works: “The Wizard”, “Imperioso”, “Impetus”, “Shawville”, “Lefebvre”, “Battle Abbey”, “Raby”, “Diomed”, “Bravura”, Jupiter”, The Diplomat”, “Knight Templar”, “Senator”.
What’s great about this is that every purchase of this CD (priced at £10) will help contribute to our research and promotion of George Allan and T E Bulch, so we can remind the world of their incredible story. Get your copy HERE
Footage from our first concert – “Sandhurst”, “Craigielee” and “Kitchener’s Army”
We’ve finally been able to edit some of the footage that we collected at the first Wizard and Typhoon ‘exploratory’ concert at Ushaw College on Sat 4th August. So we’ve chosen to put one or two of the key pieces here on our homepage. The rest will be added to the website soon. One of the pieces is the fantastic T. E. Bulch march “Craigielee” which was a partial inspiration for “Waltzing Matilda”, the unofficial Australian anthem. You can really hear the similarity. The other, which we added especially to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI is “Kitchener’s Army”.
A ‘Great Hunt’, to Find More Missing Compositions, has Begun
We got to hear the first selection of pieces from our collection at Ushaw College, Durham, on Saturday 4th August 2018. It was absolutely brilliant
Thank you so much to everyone who attended. We’ll be adding some great new content from that event to this site soon.
Now though, the researching and searching resumes as we attempt to track down more of the compositions and arrangements that are key to understanding George Allan and Thomas Edward Bulch. So, with this in mind, we’ll be launching a ‘Great Hunt’ to see if we can find more missing pieces with the help of brass bands around the banding community. If you can help please do get in touch.
- 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, preserving 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 email@example.com
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