Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert – in photos and video
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The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert signalled the end of Edinburgh Festival season by filling the sky above the Scottish capital with colour last night.

Around 250,000 spectators watched the event, with onlookers filling Princes Street Gardens, the surrounding streets and city parks to enjoy the annual finale to the Edinburgh International Festival.

The concert drew to a stunning close with giant walls of silver and golden crackle effect fireworks bursting 225 metres above Edinburgh Castle to the closing bars of the Thunder and Lightening Polka by Johann Strauss II.

During the 45 minute concert more than 400,000 fireworks were launched in a display designed by Keith Webb of Pyrovision, synchronised to music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Garry Walker.

Alongside the Thunder and Lightening Polka, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra played a selection of dance inspired pieces including Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, Mozart’s Contradances and Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances.

In total four tonnes of explosives were used and the display, which took months to plan and 16 pyro-technicians eight days to set the fireworks out, was over for another year.

• EIF music review: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Here are some more great photos and video clips of the spectacle:

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