North East music event set to inspire new generation of school children across the UK

A unique musical event, which brought international acclaim to the North East, is now set to inspire a new generation of school children across the UK.

The Foghorn Requiem, staged at Souter Lighthouse, South Shields earlier this year, marked the decline of foghorns on the UK coastline with a specially-composed performance featuring three brass bands and an armada of boats positioned offshore.

The pioneering event, which captured the imagination of music lovers and history buffs around the world, is now being redeveloped as an educational resource for use in schools across the UK.

The resource, which will be free to download from specialist website from Monday (December 9), includes extracts from the Requiem score, specially composed by Orlando Gough, as well as images from the event and interviews with those involved.

Foghorn Requiem

It also includes a poem, a special software programme, which allows users to create their own illustrated stories and poems inspired by the Foghorn Requiem and a variety of fact sheets outlining the history of Souter Lighthouse 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 founded CH-ArtEd 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, which have been made available to download from:

The site, which was originally established by South Shields-based arts venue The Customs House, with support from Arts Council England, CCE, Creative Partnerships and North and South Tyneside Councils, offers a wide range of resources designed to engage young people in subjects and social issues applicable across key stages one to four.

For more information visit: or contact The Customs House Cultural Development Team on: 0191 427 8197/88

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