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Foghorn Requiem

On June 22nd 2013, more than 50 ships gathered on the North Sea to perform an ambitious musical score, marking the disappearance of the sound of the foghorn from the UK’s coastal landscape.

Foghorn Requiem was performed by three brass bands, ships at sea and the Souter Lighthouse Foghorn. Conducted and controlled from afar, ships sounded their horns to a score taking into account landscape and the physical distance of sound. The composition, performed live to audiences on the coastal cliffs, was played across a space of several miles around Souter lighthouse.

Artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway collaborated with composer Orlando Gough to create an event that incorporated this sense of landscape, memory and space into the musical composition. New technology allowed ships horns several miles off shore to play together in time with the musicians on shore - three of the finest historical brass bands of the northeast, the Felling Band, the Westoe Band and the NASUWT Riverside Band.

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Listen to a recording of the performance here.

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