Always one of the most popular events in the Scottish capital, among tourists and locals alike, the Edinburgh International Festival’s fireworks event will be taking place August 29
The 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 above the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens on Monday, August 29 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.
This year, Inverleith Park will also have a big screen transmitting the fireworks live, saving you the strain on your neck.
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 young Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska.
This year’s concert is set to the sounds of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, and the music from his Romeo and Juliet ballet.
Keeping on the star-crossed lovers theme, there will also be music from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic score for West Side Story.
Writing on their website, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra spoke about this years musical choices:
“Prokofiev’s vibrant ballet music for Romeo and Juliet takes in the swaggering machismo of the ‘Dance of the Knights’, known to million as the theme from The Apprentice, as well as rousing ‘Morning Dance’ and dramatic ‘The Fight’.
“The Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story feature some of the composer’s most memorable music from his landmark Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical; flamboyant, catchy and unutterably cool, accompanied by a glittering display of pyrotechnics from the Edinburgh Castle ramparts. The concert concludes with the pomp and exuberance of Shostakovich’s joyful Festive Overture.”
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 34th show.
Aug 29: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Ross Bandstand, Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2HG / more info
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