CIF Round Four – Project Homecoming Phase 1, Friends of The Wizard and The Typhoon

In the 1860s two boys were born two streets and fifteen months apart in Shildon.   George Allan (the “Wizard) and Thomas Bulch (the “Typhoon”) started their working lives as railway blacksmiths and became brass composers of international importance. Today their contrasting stories are little known, their influence unrecognised.

Project Homecoming is an extensive three-year programme celebrating the lives of these men bringing together community members of all ages with professional writers, actors, artists and musicians.

Phase 1 of Project Homecoming was a youth workshop programme with Greenfield Arts. Young musicians worked with brass composer Lewis Wilkinson to create new work inspired by Bulch and Allen, while a response to the men’s stories, ‘”Should we care?”, was created and curated by young people with professional printmaker Theresa Easton, hopefully taking their ideas into the public domain at a later date.