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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2014

WHAT: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2014
WHEN: Sunday 31st August 2014
WHERE: Edinburgh, Scotland

The annual Edinburgh International Festival has been part and parcel of the entertainment for the region since 1947 and it came about as a result of the need for people to gather together after World War II.

Originally billed as ‘The Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama’ the basic theme has changed very little over the years. The original organisers, Rudolf Bing, Henry Harvey Wood and various other gathered civic leaders decided that the festival was from the outset very much a case of where your imagination could take you and resulted in a number of ‘fringe’ events sprouting up which has in turn added another facet as these uninvited ‘guests’ created the incredibly popular Edinburgh Fringe event.

In addition to the MASSIVE Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, which brings the event to a magnificent close, there is music as diverse as the Polish Radio Choir who perform all over the World playing alongside the exceptional Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a male choral group from South Africa who perform in the traditional Zulu style and are multi Grammy Award winners and theatrical performances of the brilliant ‘Ganesh Vs The Third Reich’ to dance from the exceptionally talented Akram Khan with his combination of classical Indian Kathak dance with his contemporary dance roots.

The Firework Concert features some of classical music’s most instantly recognisable pieces of music. This year continues with their preferred ‘war’ theme and the music selections continue to reflect this.

Some of the featured pieces include:

• Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner
• Egmont Overture – Beethoven
• War March of the Priests – Mendelsson
• 1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky

The 1812 Overture was created in celebration of Russia’s win over Napoleon’s armies and The Ride of the Valkyries was used in the Disney feature film, Fantasia and parts of it were used in Star Wars as ‘incidental music’.

For anyone visiting, you have a number of options in store for seeing the fireworks. The best way of course would be to enjoy the musical performances and then remain seated in the best seats in the house to see the magnificent fireworks. Alternatively, there are standing tickets available for Princes Street Gardens which are considerably less expensive but you will have to get into place well in advance of the performances to ensure that you have a birds-eye view.

It will of course be spectacular and if you are lucky enough to get to visit the area, keep your phone handy for that video footage and we would love to see any shots you take.

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Edinburgh Festival Firework Show

This year’s Edinburgh festival, as in previous years went out with a bang. The fireworks show was watched by upwards of 250,000 people across the capital.

The World famous Scottish Chamber Orchestra performed live whilst the team of firers from Castle Fireworks choreographed the display, which took four tonnes of explosives and 400,000 fireworks in conjunction with the music. As you might imagine, the display took almost a week to set up and the rewards of their efforts were evident for all to see. The last time there was this much explosive power in one place, it was under the houses of parliament at the hand of Guy Fawkes.

This year the ‘theme’ was a little more taxing to tie down. The works of the Russian composer Musorgsky who created the beautiful orchestral piece ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ used music to depict imagery in all its forms and the huge brass fanfare’s added that bit of class to the fireworks.

This spectacular event has been running for a number of years and long may it continue.

You can see footage of the event in the time-lapse video below:

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Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks 2010

This year’s Edinburgh festival, as in previous years goes out with a bang. The fireworks show is a 45-minute spectacular beginning at 9:00pm on Sunday 1ST September. The World famous Scottish Chamber Orchestra will perform live whilst the team from Pyrovision will choreograph the display in conjunction with the music.

The best place to experience the whole of the Virgin Money show will be from the grand grounds of Princes Street Gardens which are situated beneath Edinburgh’s beautiful castle. Everyone should note that the event opens to priority ticket holders from 6:30 but the public entrances will be opened from 7:00pm.

You should note that whilst the organisers will allow you to bring your own picnic along to the event, you must not take any glass bottles or picnic tables as they will affect the viewing pleasure of others and can be hazardous after dark.

This year the ‘theme’ is a little more taxing to tie down. The works of the Russian composer Musorgsky who created the beautiful orchestral piece ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ uses music to depict imagery in all its forms and the huge brass fanfares will add that bit of class to the fireworks.

This spectacular event has been running for a number of years and more than 100,000 fireworks will be used to ensure that this will be a truly wonderful spectacle.

It is certain to be a concert that you will not wish to miss. More details are available here.

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