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requiem---joshua-portway.jpg Requiem for… a foghorn?
 

Hark! Is that an arty foghorn I can hear?

A foghorn, recast as an instrument, as part of a floating orchestra of ships, might sound like a Dadaist’s wet dream, but is in fact exactly what is happening on 22 June as an ambitious musical performance sets out to transform the North Sea area of Souter Lighthouse into a stage. Foghorn Requiem, devised by artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway (pictured) and composed by Orlando Gough, will feature ships from a small armada of vessels off-shore and Souter Lighthouse, sounding their horns to a musical score to mark the disappearance of the sound of the foghorn from the UK’s coastal landscape. More than a maritime lament, this flagship event for The Festival of the North East is a celebration of a strong sea-faring culture, offering a unique opportunity (well, have you ever heard of musical score composed for ships?) to engage with a monumentally ambitious yet transitory project. As the artist Christo once said, ‘it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.’ 
 
Foghorn Requiem, Saturday 22 June, Souter Lighthouse, Lizard Point. foghornrequiem.org