Foghorn Requiem used to inspire our kids

SEASIDE SOUNDS ... a brass band entertains the crowds during Foghorn Requiem at Souter Lighthouse. (Picture by ADRIAN DON)

SEASIDE SOUNDS ... a brass band entertains the crowds during Foghorn Requiem at Souter Lighthouse. (Picture by ADRIAN DON)

A UNIQUE musical event which took place in South Tyneside is set to inspire children in schools across the country.

The Foghorn Requiem brought international acclaim to South Tyneside when it was staged at Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn earlier this year.

Marking the decline of foghorns on the UK coastline, the specially-composed performance featured three brass bands and an armada of boats positioned offshore.

The pioneering event is now being redeveloped as a free educational resource.

It includes extracts from the Requiem score, specially composed by Orlando Gough, as well as images from the event and interviews with those involved.

It also includes a poem, a special software programme allowing users to create their own illustrated stories and poems inspired by the piece, and a variety of fact sheets outlining the history of Souter and its foghorn.

All of these elements are explained in a series of activity plans and instruction sheets, which illustrate how they can be used in schools to tackle key areas of the curriculum, including literacy, citizenship, history and design technology.

Emma Horsman, cultural development manager at The Customs House, South Shields, which has developed the app through its CH-ArtEd programme, said: “Foghorn Requiem was an iconic event, which helped raise the profile of the North East and increase the awareness surrounding an intriguing aspect of coastal history.

“The use of foghorns and this musical tribute to them offer the perfect foundation for exploring a wide range of subjects, and our new resource has been developed to do just that, in a fun and accessible way.”

The Foghorn Requiem resource, which was developed by CH-ArtEd in partnership with education specialist Shoo-Fly Publishing, is the latest in a series of interactive educational tools, lesson plans and ideas for classroom-based activities.

They can be downloaded from the website www.ch-arted.co.uk.

The site was established by The Customs House, with support from Arts Council England, CCE, Creative Partnerships and North and South Tyneside Councils.

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