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FIREWORKS AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

WHAT: FIREWORKS AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
WHY: EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
WHEN: MONDAY 27TH AUGUST 2018
WHERE: ROSS THEATRE & PRINCESS STREET GARDENS, EDINBURGH
COST: £15.50 – £34.00 WITH STANDING AND SEATED TICKETS AVAILABLE

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings an explosive end to the Edinburgh International Festival taking place in the beautiful city of Edinburgh from the 3rd to the 27th August 2018.

The concert brings together both music and pyrotechnics spectacularly choreographed to produce a ‘one of a kind’ explosive show.

The backdrop to the festival is the beautiful historic Edinburgh Castle; one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. The castle is set high above the City so there are plenty of vantage points to chose from to witness the fantastic fireworks. If you don’t get close enough to listen to the music don’t worry there are also live broadcasts of the music on the local radio stations across the city.

The evening kicks off with music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell. The month-long music festival this year has marked the centenary year of the composer’s birth.

After the interval, the crowds will be treated to a journey into the deepest darkest space with Holst’s “The Planets” perfectly synchronised to the fireworks display.

The planning of the event finale can take up to a month of planning and the original set up of the display begins 7 days before. The fireworks display and finale lasts just under an hour and in this time, there will be over 4 tonnes of explosives and over 400,000 fireworks released in perfect harmony to the music.

Last year’s event drew crowds all over and around the city of up to a quarter of a million, proving that this pyro musical showstopper is definitely not one to be missed.

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VIRGIN MONEY FIREWORKS CONCERT UPDATE

Back in March we brought you news of the 2015 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert which is held annually at the end of the Edinburgh Summer Festival which is the perfect blend of classical music and choreographed firework bursts.

Taking part on the last Monday of the event which runs from 7th August to 31st August 2015 is a celebration of everything from Theatrical, Classical and Contemporary performances of music, dance and opera. It also includes vocalists from all manner of genre including jazz, choral, barbershop quartet, operatic from around the World.

Alongside the Edinburgh International Festival runs the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which has been running since 1947. Initially, a merry band of theatrical performers arrived uninvited at the EIF and were refused the opportunity to perform. But, being thespians, a little thing like permission was not about to stop them so they put on a show on the ‘fringe’ of the event and so the concept was born.

Today, whilst the EIF focuses mainly on classical works including all manner of music and dance the Fringe is effectively for everything in between. Comedy, drama, magic, circus, variety and traditional dance including ballet all form part of the entertainment on offer. Whilst the big names will be out in force at all other events this is for those yet to hit the big time and the variety is indeed rich and varied.

The fireworks are the responsibility of Pyrovision who have expertly organised this display for the last eight years and use a wide range of quieter fireworks which are high on effect and lower on noise so as not to detract from the beautiful strains of the music. They launch in the region of four tonnes of fireworks into the skies over the beautiful Edinburgh Castle lighting it up in every colour and hue.

Sure to be an exciting display and remember, even if you cannot get to the Princes Street area, there are still a number of great vantage points around the City to gain a good view of the fireworks.

If all else fails, ask a local!

Full information about all the events is available on the official Edinburgh International Festival website.

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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2015

WHAT: VIRGIN MONEY FIREWORKS CONCERT 2015
WHEN: MONDAY 31ST AUGUST 2015
WHERE: THE ROSS BANDSTAND, PRINCES STREET GARDENS, EDINBURGH

The Virgin Money Fireworks concert is an event that was said to have been established in 1947 in Scotland to reignite the human spirit, which was all but destroyed following World War II.

However, what was once a small event has grown year on year and of course, including fireworks in the night sky over the stunning setting of Edinburgh Castle sitting in the midst of one of the biggest natural amphitheaters so the sound of the explosions are all around.

The music is a vivid interpretation of events throughout history and with fireworks choreographed to coincide with the musical notations.

There are anticipated to be crowds of up to 250,000 who will take any vantage point to take in the explosions in the night sky over Edinburgh’s most famous landmark.

On average a display of this size and technicality takes around 300 hours of planning, 4-5 weeks in the design stage and 2 whole weeks of listening to the tracks of the music to be played to pick up on the beat count etc to find the best cue points. Bearing in mind that firstly, the music is LIVE and secondly, not all classical music lends itself to pyro-musical excellence so it’s a case of see how the balancing act goes. During set up there are 15 technicians on site up to 12 days of preparation with pyro set up on every part of the castle and to achieve the right effects and colour combinations, this is a task and a half.

Details of ticketing etc will be made available shortly so we will update you then.

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