The music is a suite composed for the wind section of an orchestra back in the 18th century by Handel.
Way back in the day, the ‘Music For the Royal Fireworks’ was played in conjunction with the fireworks but sadly, the pyro was a huge let down as the wooden building housing the orchestra which had been lavishly decorated for the occasion collapsed after catching fire during the event.
Of course fireworks have held a lengthy association with the Royal Celebrations as the first recorded fireworks in England were used in 1486 at the wedding of King Henry VII and in later years, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558, the staff employed her majesty included a fireworks master.
George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks Overture — La Paix, La Rejouissance – performed at the Queen’s Concerts, Buckingham Palace for her Majesty the Queen during her Golden Jubilee in 2002 – BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Band of her majesty’s Royal Marines conducted by Sir Andrew Davis
The record for the largest firework display was achieved by Macedo`S Pirotecnia Lda. in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, on 31 December 2006 which consisted of 66,326 fireworks. They were set-off at 37 launch sites spread across the island of Madeira.
The company in charge of the pyro are no strangers to awards as they have captured just about every known accolade available in the industry. Their impressive track record includes both national and international recognition including winners of the Ignis Brunensis, World Pyro awards Germany, International Fireworks Competition in Macau China and the Feux D’Artifice Monaco.
As is the case with any Guinness World Record, it was beaten in Kuwait on 10th November 2012 by Italian Company Parente Fireworks with a total of 77,282 (YES, that is seventy-seven thousand two hundred and eighty-two) fireworks being sent up to light the skies over a distance of 5 kilometres and lasted 64 minutes.