When: 22nd June 2013, 12.30pm – 13.30pm
Where: Souter Lighthouse, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
What is it?
This summer Souter Lighthouse, at South Shields – the first lighthouse in the world to be powered by electricity – is to provide the backdrop for a unique, musical world-first in celebration of the foghorn.
Used for centuries to guide ships away from the rocks, foghorns across the country are gradually being decommissioned as vessels rely increasingly on satellite navigation systems.
On June 22, the foghorn at Souter Lighthouse will take the lead in an ambitious, specially composed Foghorn Requiem, written by celebrated British composer Orlando Gough.
The Requiem will be performed with the backing of three North East brass bands and vessels of all shapes and sizes will anchor off the coast and sound their horns to a musical score that will take into account climatic conditions, the landscape and distance from the shore.
It will be a unique event as it is not only the first musical score created for foghorns but it will also use pioneering technology to conduct and control ships horns from afar.
The event will be the highlight of a month-long Festival of the North East initiated by musician Kathryn Tickell to celebrate and raise awareness of the social and cultural heritage of the region.
More info: Further information about the Foghorn Requiem can be found at www.foghornrequiem.org and details about events and activities in South Tyneside this summer can be found at www.southtyneside.info.