Music will bellow across North Sea

A new musical piece is set to boom out across the North Sea in June.

International artist Lise Autogena, from Denmark, visited Bedlington-based Radio Northumberland this week to promote her new art project, ‘The Foghorn Requiem’.

Lise and fellow artist Joshua Portway have collaborated with composer Orlando Gough to create the music, a piece written to mark the demise of the foghorn, which due to modern safety enhancements at sea, is being phased out.

It will be performed at Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn in June, and a variety of vessels will take part in the requiem together with three brass bands on the shore.

The Northumbria Unit of nautical charity, The Maritime Volunteer Service, will also take part.

Head of unit Nigel Campbell said he was delighted to offer help to the project.

“We have a rigid inflatable boat that we can use to help the project in whatever way is needed on the day,” he said.

“Anyone who wants to know more about our voluntary work in the north east can contact me on 07717 715500.”

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

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