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Oddball orchestra to use Souter Lighthouse foghorn as an instrument

FOGHORN  REQUIEM ... will transform North Sea of Souter Lighthouse   into a stage  as part of the Festival of the North East  ( Artists Joshua Portway  and  composer  Orlando Gough with Lise Autogena   at Souter

FOGHORN REQUIEM ... will transform North Sea of Souter Lighthouse into a stage as part of the Festival of the North East ( Artists Joshua Portway and composer Orlando Gough with Lise Autogena at Souter

ARTISTS gathered to sound off about their world-first project which will star a Sunderland landmark.

Souter Lighthouse, in Whitburn, will be part of a Foghorn Requiem on June 22.

The event will see the beacon, along with three brass bands and an armada of vessels positioned offshore, take part in a piece of music by using their horns.

Yesterday, the Coast Road lighthouse gave composer Orlando Gough plus artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, the chance to hear its foghorn in all of its glory.

The project has been commissioned by South Tyneside Council and the National Trust, which took over the running of Souter after its decommissioning in 1988.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This is a wonderful and unique project which is going to bring attention to the area not just locally and nationally, but internationally.

“There’s a huge effort being made by everyone involved and this event will be something that everyone will remember, not just for days and months, but for years to come.”

A festival spokesman said: “Used for centuries to guide ships away from the rocks, foghorns across the country are gradually being decommissioned.

“Now, the foghorn at Souter Lighthouse has been chosen to take the lead in the ambitious Foghorn Requiem, which will be performed at Souter on June 22, with the backing of three North-East brass bands and the ships horns positioned off-shore.”

It will be the highlight of the month long Festival of the North East, initiated by Northumberland musician Kathryn Tickell to celebrate and raise awareness of the social and cultural heritage of the region.

Events will be held across Wearside, including a clay exhibition at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

For more information, visit www.foghornrequiem.org.

 

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