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photograph University vessel helps create the "Foghorn Requiem"

Newcastle University’s vessel RV The Princess Royal, will sing along with over 50 ships to create the “Foghorn Requiem” as part of the Festival of the North East.

On Saturday June 22nd at 12:30, more than 50 ships will gather 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.

Souter Lighthouse is the focal point for the ships and 75 musicians who will celebrate the majestic sound of the foghorn one last time.

Conducted and controlled from afar, ships will sound their horns to a score that will take into account landscape and the physical distance of sound. The composition, performed live to audiences on the coastal cliffs, will be played across a space of several miles around Souter lighthouse.

Participating vessels will take positions off shore between 11.00-11.30 but NU Connections readers are asked to note that the event is weather dependent and to check the Foghorn Requiem website for further details about transport, directions and updates.

Further information about the event may be found on the Festival of the North East website.

Image courtesy of Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway.


published on: 17th June 2013


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