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Radio Northumberland BOOMS out foghorn message

Community radio station Radio Northumberland’s latest community message is set to boom out across the North Sea. 

Renowned international artist Lise Autogena from Denmark visited the Bedlington based radio station to talk about her new art project, “The Foghorn Requiem.”

On June 22nd as part of the Festival of the North East, Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn will be the venue for a very unusual piece of music. 

Lise, originally from Denmark and fellow artist Joshua Portway have collaborated with composer Orlando Gough to create The Foghorn Requiem. The piece has been written to mark the demise of the foghorn, which, due to modern safety enhancements at sea are being phased out. 

As well as the foghorn at Souter Lighthouse, a variety of vessels will take part in the requiem together with three brass bands on the shore.

Also taking part will be the Northumbria Unit of nautical charity, The Maritime Volunteer Service. 

Head of Unit, Nigel Campbell was delighted to offer help to the project.

“We have a rigid inflatable boat that we can use to help the project in whatever way is needed on the day. Anyone who want to know more about our voluntary work in the north east can contact me on 07717 715500.”

Radio Northumberland has been providing 24 hour Internet programming since it formed in January 2012. It has gained a reputation for community involvement as well as broadcasting music and talk based programming. Now, an application has been made to Ofcom for a licence that will enable them to broadcast on an FM radio frequency to the people of Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington and Morpeth.  

The station broadcasts a variety of music styles and genres with shows by experienced presenters and interviewers as well as running shows produced and presented by local schools and other community organisations.

The interview with Lise can be heard online at http://www.radionorthumberland.com during the station’s community features between 10am and noon, Monday to Friday. 

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