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 the 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.