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The singing lighthouse


Maryport lighthouse

On the Lake District coast, with the hills of Cumbria in the distance, stands a lighthouse that has stood silent for two centuries.

Now a composer has been commissioned to write and record music inspired by the lighthouse and its surroundings - the scenic town of Maryport and its harbour - to be played from inside the lonely building.

"I wanted to make the lighthouse sing," says composer Ailis Ni Riain whose composition, the Lighthouse Lullaby uses the natural sounds and rhythms of the building - along with more conventional instruments and vocals.

She says that she has grown quite attached to the lighthouse in its cold and miserable position on the coast.

"I've really developed a fondness for it," she says.

"The lighthouse here is absolutely stunning. Very elegant, very beautiful. Something I wanted to write music for as soon as I saw it."

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