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BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHAT: BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIPS – SOUTHPORT 2016
WHEN: FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2016
WHY: FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHERE: VICTORIA PARK, SOUTHPORT
COST: VARIOUS – PLEASE REFER TO THE WEBSITE

I know that it only seems two minutes since the world and his wife were all chatting about the Saturday night event at Southport, but the peeps in charge have already let the cat out of the bag on who has been invited along to compete this year.

The event brings together professional teams from across the UK to compete against one another to crown a single winner the champion of 2016.

The competitors invited to take part this year are:

Bright Sparks Fireworks – Wrexham

Essex Pyrotechnics – Newport, Essex

Impact Pyrotechnics – Washington, Tyne and Wear

Lightech – Congleton, Cheshire

Phenomenal Fireworks – Wigan, Lancashire

PDC Fireworks – Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Skyburst – The Firework Company – Bristol

THE RUNNING ORDER IS AS FOLLOWS:

FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER

SKYBURST – THE FIREWORK COMPANY

IMPACT PYROTECHNICS

SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER

PHENOMENAL FIREWORKS

P D C FIREWORKS

BRIGHT SPARKS FIREWORKS

SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER

ESSEX PYROTECHNIC

LIGHTECH FIREWORKS

The Southport event has become THE most supported event in the Firework calendar (as proven by the number of people in attendance on the Saturday evening last year) and long may it continue.

Here are last year’s winners F1 Pyro with a spectacular show:

F1 Pyrotechnics – Winners of the 2015 British Musical Fireworks Championships from Pyro Productions on Vimeo.

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Spider Aerial Filming Fireworks

Anyone who recently watched the British Musical fireworks championships could not fail to be mesmerised by all the fireworks, but for Ben Sheppard (pictured above) and Mike Bishop (pictured below) it was just another day at the office.

Mike & Ben, who run Spider professional aerial filming, were approached by the BBC ‘One Show’ to film the British Musical fireworks championships; making the video the UK’s first ever professionally shot fireworks with a drone flying through the display.

Using state of the art equipment, costing up to £7000 for the camera alone, we definitely felt that tensions would have been running high when you take how close to some of those huge display shells the drone was flying.

Filming at a whopping 4000 pixels per inch giving a resolution of 3840 x 2160 or 25 frames per second at 200 megabits per second, you really feel part of the action.

Using a Vulcan Multi Frame Spider Super 8 Octo-Copter fitted with back up batteries, this is classified as a 7-20 kilo aircraft and with CAA permission these coaxial designed aircraft are the safest in the industry.

The list of works filmed by the Spider guys is impressive in itself; you will have seen them in action if you have watched premiership football in Scotland on BT Sport, the World Formula 2 Powerboat Racing or the Evian Ladies Masters’ Golf Tournament.

So if there is anyone out there who wants to capture a moment for prosperity from an unusual angle, contact them through the contact page on their website – spideraerialfilming.com

In the meantime enjoy the fireworks.

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Southport British Musical Fireworks Championships 2014

WHERE: VICTORIA PARK – SOUTHPORT
WHEN: 3rd TO 6TH OCTOBER 2014

Saturday 10th October 2014 saw three more companies battling it out in the skies over Southport as they entertained the tens of thousands gathered for the British Musical Fireworks Championships.

First up to fire were SmArt Pyrotechnics: Starting with the sounds of Michael Buble will always do it for me, but I have to say this is on another level to the displays enjoyed on Friday. Incredible, symmetrical (yeah baby) and an absolutely beautiful selection of effects, colours and the timing was absolutely spot on. On the change of pace, we moved onto the haunting strains of Enya and the display was utterly hypnotic with some wonderful lancework and the criss cross on the ground work was nothing short of amazing you could actually hear the explosion on the musical beat. Outstanding…. Crackling comet tails, sweeping fans of gold and green – the crowds clearly agreed as they burst into rapturous applause at the change of music.

A beautiful mixture of colour which lit up the whole of the firing area and the hearts and pinks for the Etta James section were amazing and the titanium flashes just added to the drama.

The finale was packed to the rafters with some staggeringly big shells and the daisy shells were especially lovely and the final burst of HUGE willow shells was utterly breathtaking – well done team SmArt!!

SMArt Pyrotechnics – Southport British Musical Fireworks Championship Winner from Pyro Productions on Vimeo.

Second to fire, Classic Fireworks stuck with a very British Theme with rousing music selections from the outset as the night filled with the sounds of the 633 Squadron theme tune followed by Zadok the Priest from the Handel.

There were some lovely bright purples which were gorgeous with some intricate firing in the midst of the display. The Sailors Hornpipe played whilst the team threw as much into the air as possible but some of the colour changing comets were beautiful but little symmetry. The sweeping fans were lovely and they finished off the display with crowd pleaser, Land of Hope and Glory which was accompanied by some absolutely beautiful shell work.

Last but not least, Gala Fireworks. The theme was a hark back to the 70’s & 80’s with sledgehammer, jitterbug boogie, another brick in the wall and the theme of the 80’s The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Gala Fireworks – Southport British Musical Fireworks Championship 2nd Place from Pyro Productions on Vimeo.

They started out as they meant to go on with some lovely tailed comets and some brilliant colour variations. There were some very loud parts and again plenty going up into the sky. Outstanding for me were the giant tipped crackling palm shell – the bronze to green change was lovely – the silver fish and pearls into crossettes and spiralling tails and ring shells.

The display was well paced and had a really good finale with lots of glitter and hearts but lovely.

All players, well done but in my opinion, at the end of Saturday I definitely had SmArt Pyrotechnics in front.

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