COURCHEVEL 2020

WHAT: COURCHEVEL 2020
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PYROTECHNIC ART
WHEN: 13TH FEBRUARY 2020 – 5TH MARCH 2020
WHERE: COURCHEVEL SKI RESORT, FRENCH ALPS
COST: FREE TO ALL STAYING AT THE RESORT

One of the highlights of the Ski Season in Courchevel is the spectacular firework competition. Held over the stunning snow-capped French Alps, it is truly a sight to see.

This competition is one of the first in the display calendar taking place only days before the opening event of the PIPC (Philippine International Firework Competition). Last year, the winners of this huge event were the fantastic representatives from the UK; Pyrotex Fireworx who lifted the trophy after a great display.  They were precise, with some incredible colour combinations, which has frankly become the norm for this team. They were very narrowly beaten into second place at the Danang International Firework Competition in 2019.  Their finale filled the snow-filled sky with incredible brocades and dragon eggs. They took on the best of the rest of the World with representatives from France, Italy, Brazil, and the Philippines.

Courchevel Fireworks Festival

This year, the festival theme is going to be ‘Winter is Coming’ in a nod to one of THE most popular television series in the last 10 years.

The event also includes a beautiful torchlit descent by the instructors and teaching staff at Courchevel, where the only sound is the ski’s passing over the crisp snow, and the crackling of flames.

The French Alps are renowned for being VERY expensive and are full of socialites from across Europe and beyond. However, there are cheap eats to be had from Snowfood La Pizza Gourmande where traditional stonebaked pizza is a specialty to the more expensive fine dining of Bistro Le C which offers a competitively priced menu where you can expect to pay around €80 per head including wine (mid-price range).

Here is a video of the winning show from last year:

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TUTBURY CASTLE FIREWORKS

WHAT: TUTBURY CASTLE FIREWORKS 2019
WHAT: FIREWORKS EVENT
WHERE: TUTBURY CASTLE, CASTLE STREET, TUTBURY, STAFFORDSHIRE DE13 9JF
WHEN: SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2019
COST: ADULTS £9.00/  CHILDREN UNDER 12 – £8.00/UNDER 5’S FREE

Tonight, there will be a classic fireworks event at Tutbury Castle.

They have been holding this event for several years and it attracts huge numbers of spectators to witness both the Vikings and the beautiful fireworks. The gates open at 5.30pm and wellies and thick coats are highly recommended.

Please be warned, Tutbury Castle is a scheduled monument, which means you should expect un-even and slippery surfaces with steep stairs and slopes.

Entertainment includes fire breathing performances, a firework display, Viking battle and funeral pyre and a small Viking encampment. There will be hot food and drink concessions and a licensed bar, but you should expect large queues. The car parking costs just £1.00.

Entertainment will be taking place throughout the evening and the Viking show provides an educational and accurate portrayal of the period.

Tutbury Castle is a largely ruined Medieval Castle at Tutbury, Staffordshire. The castle’s origins go right back to the early 11th century, but by the middle of the 14th century, major repair works had to be undertaken following attacks on the castle from all approaches. The castle was gifted originally by William the Conqueror, after he beat Harold at the Battle of Hastings, to one of his Knights; Hugh d’Avranches. At the time, there was little evidence of what would later become the full castle and its crenelated fortressing was added as the years passed and the castle was passed through concurrent knights of William, the Norman King.

During it’s very rich history, the castle played host to James 1st, Henry IV, Henry VI and Henry VIII , Charles I and in much later years, our very own Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. One of the most notable royals to grace the grounds of Tutbury was Mary Queen of Scots who arrived at the castle, a prisoner of Queen Elizabeth I, on 4th February 1569. She absolutely hated it there as it was cold, damp and draughty so she spent a great deal of time in front of a fire reading, writing and creating some delightful embroidery, some of which she sent to Elizabeth as peace offerings in an attempt to soothe some of the tension which had been created between them – all of course to no avail.

Gates open from 3pm and the beautiful firework display will run for around 16 minutes.

Get along and show your support.

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GLASGOW: SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND FIREWORKS

WHAT: GLASGOW: SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND FIREWORKS
WHY: CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT FEATURING PYROTECHNICS
WHEN: FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2019
WHERE: CITY HALLS & OLD FRUIT MARKET, GLASGOW
COST: SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra have numerous dates planned around Scotland featuring their new Conductor Maxim Emelyanchev, from Russia. This incredible 31 years old young man is from a family of musicians and is himself a talented pianist and harpsichord player. In addition to conducting for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he will over the next 12-months play all over Europe including conducting for the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Antwerpen Symphony, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and numerous others following on from his debut performance at Glyndebourne this year.

The S.C.O is a collaboration of truly talented musicians who share a love for music and want to share it with as many as possible. They have performed across Europe, the Far East, India and the USA. This team also support the local community, playing in hospitals, schools and community and elderly care centres around Scotland.

Featured music from Composers Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven as well as some works by Philippe Hersant, noted Frenchman who has scored numerous French films.

The concert will also feature internationally acclaimed violinist Carolin Widmann playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2

The final part of the performance features Maxim conducting the orchestra in The Jupiter Suite by Mozart which will feature pyrotechnics.

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