Always one of the most popular events in the Scottish capital, among tourists and locals alike, the Edinburgh International Festival’s fireworks concert is choreographed by international pyrotechnic artists Pyrovision and over 400,000 fireworks are set to be ignited in front of a packed crowd.
There will be live accompaniment to the lights show from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, turning the drama up-to eleven for the classic final act of the August festival season.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.
When and where is it?
The explosive end to Edinburgh’s festivities will take place at The Ross Theatre in Princes Street Gardens on Monday, August 31 at 9.30pm.
Tickets to The Ross Theatre do provide you with a front-row view of the action, with standard Princes Street Gardens tickets and Priority Entry being available via the Edinburgh International Festival website.
However, the sheer scale of the display means you can catch it from plenty of local spots such as Arthur’s Seat, Bruntsfield Links, Princes Street or Inverleith Park. Just remember to look up.
What will I see/hear at the concert?
The cascade of pops and bangs from the sky will be timed along to a score from The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, led by conductor Garry Walker.
The concert is set to the presented by classical musician and broadcaster Tom Redmond, and the SCO are promising a mixture of dramatic mixture of music and dance – writing on their website:
“Together the Orchestra and Parisian technologists Chevalvert present a concert providing families with the opportunity to see and hear music from Festival 2015 including John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction and a celebration of dance reflecting the music of the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert. Adults and young people together will delight in the visual beauty of music as it is being performed live.”
Do you have any Festival fireworks facts?
Do we ever:
• More than 400,000 fireworks will be used at this year’s concert
• Around 250,000 people watch the fireworks every year
• Keith Webb, head designer at Pyrovision, has worked on every firework display since 1984
• Fireworks can reach speeds of 200mph
• The first concert was held in 1982. This year marks the 33rd show.
31 Aug: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, New Street Car Park, 101-103 Princes St, EH2 3AA
More information can be found at eif.co.uk