The foghorn at a Tyneside lighthouse joined those on ships out at sea and brass bands on shore for an unique musical performance on Saturday. Souter Lighthouse in South Shields was the focal point for the Foghorn Requiem, specially composed to mark the demise of the warning signal.
Part of the Festival of the North East, the work was said to be the first
musical score created for foghorns. "Ground-breaking" technology allowed the horns to be "conducted" from
The vessels at sea followed a musical score that took into account the
weather, the surrounding landscape and their distance from the shore. The requiem was devised by artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, with the
score written by British composer Orlando Gough.
It was commissioned by South Tyneside Council and the National Trust, which took
over the running of Souter following its decommissioning in 1988. Opened in 1871, it was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built
to be powered by electricity. Its foghorn was kept in working condition by a dedicated team of local
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