Preparations underway for foghorn music

Artists have been preparing for a new musical piece on board a ferry berthed in North Shields, that is set to play out across the North Sea in June.

Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway have collaborated with composer Orlando Gough to create the music, which will be performed at Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn, on Saturday, June 22.

The Foghorn Requiem involves around 50 ships and three brass bands on the shore, and is a unique musical performance that will mark the disappearance of the sound of the foghorn from the UK’s coastal landscape.

Lisa and Joshua, accompanied by event producer, Richard Hollinshead, boarded the Princess Seaways and installed and tested three additional horns on the cruise ferry at North Shields International Ferry Terminal, which will be used alongside the ship’s own foghorn as part of the avant-garde musical performance.

The unique event is all part of The Festival of the North East, which is set takes place on Saturday, June 22.

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