Category Archives: Music n Fireworks

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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Battle Proms at Burghley House

WHAT: BURGHLEY HOUSE BATTLE PROMS
WHY: BATTLE PROMS – CLASSICAL MUSIC AND FIREWORKS
WHERE: BURGHLEY HOUSE, STAMFORD, LINCOLNSHIRE PE9 3JY
WHEN: SATURDAY 4th OF JULY
COST: VARIES

Are you ready for an evening of soul-stirring nostalgia and patriotism on a massive scale? Then the ‘Burghley House Battle Proms’ will be just up your street.

Gates open at 4:30pm for the eleventh annual display which features classical music, a mounted cavalry lance and pistol display and a whole host of other entertainment to thrill and entertain all ages.

Britain’s answer to the Andrews sisters, “the Rockabellas”, will have toes tapping as they belt out 40s themed music as the day progresses Spitfires perform aerial acrobatics to Elgar’s Nimrod before the crowd gets into their swing with flag waving to classics. As the Spitfires approach, a volley of 13lb field guns will announce the arrival in memory of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.

This year the event will be more unique as not one but two finales will take place. In remembrance of the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, the ground will truly shake as Napoleonic 200 replica cannons along with muskets, take to the fields. This is the only place in the world that you can experience Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture in its full atmospheric magnificence, visitors travel from all corners of the world just for this spectacle.

The evening culminates in a traditional rendition of British Classics such as “land of hope and glory”, “Rule Britannia” “Jerusalem” etc. as fireworks fill the huge skies in one of the most atmospheric displays available.

Tickets are available on-line with a discount if purchased in advance. Starting at £36 if booked in advance or £40 on the gate. Group bookings of ten or more are able to get a further discount when booked in advance, children under five go free when accompanied by an adult, 5-15 year olds pay £17.

Hampers and Champers are sure to be in abundance as many couples bring traditional picnic baskets or pre-order one for collection on arrival, also Gazebos, picnic tables and chairs are available for hire.

Some concert pavilion tickets are still obtainable, starting at £240.00 for a table of four or £340.00 for six people. The pavilion tables do not include food or drink but are a great place to meet friends and catch up on the gossip.

As parking is offered free of charge many will drive to the venue but consider that the venue attract up to 8000 guests for the event so as always plan ahead to prevent disappointment or delays.

There is also a photography competition for the budding David Baileys among you, simply upload your pictures (maximum of six) to either www.facebook.com/battleproms or www.twitter.com/battleproms for some battleprom related goodies and tickets for future events.

If you are planning you own proms for your friends and family, call us seven days a week for some of the most powerful fireworks available to the general public, and finish the night in EPIC style.

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Kolner Lichter 2013

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Thirteen may be considered an unlucky number, but not for the German city of Cologne, as this year it stages its 13th show on the 13th of July.

This all-day event starting around 2pm and mostly free (with some paying options for the best viewing points) culminates in a high impact pyro-musical show which has wowed the world and regularly attracts well over 100,000 spectators.

The inspiration and title of this year spectacular is “Dream Catcher” and we expect the music and atmosphere to reflect an ethereal, almost dream-like performance from the nine pontoon bridges of fireworks stretching across the Rhine.

The dancing fountain is another favourite at the event but be warned; stewards will be closing the gates at 21:00 with the nearest viewing area from the main stage area being over the Deutz Bridge a few minutes’ walk away.

We advise making your way to the viewing areas and plan to be settled in by the latest 8pm as demand is high for the better viewing spots, as always it may be worth taking with you spare camera batteries, an umbrella (just in case) and a ground sheet or rug to sit on.

Expect to see the brightly coloured boats which leave from the old town port in a procession down the Rhine before the fireworks kick off at around 11:30, traditionally the watching spectators illuminate both banks of the river with lanterns and sparklers.

The best places to watch are between the Hohnezollera and zoo bridges but we have included a map for your convenience.

Having visited Cologne back in the 80’s, and I’m sure not that much has changed, bier (or beer as we call it) will flow freely and bratwurst, bockwurst, schnitzel and frickadellen will also be in plentiful supply. Further information can be found here.

kolner lichter map

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