In 2012, the traditional spectacular finale to the world famous Edinburgh International Festival celebrates the Queen’s Jubilee and echoes the Festival’s Shakespearian offerings.
On Sunday 2 September 100,000 fireworks choreographed to live orchestral music will light up the sky over the Scottish capital for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.
Against the unique backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Castle, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker, perform music by Walton and Vaughan Williams accompanied by an intricately designed and awe inspiring display created by international fireworks artists Pyrovision in the largest fireworks concert of its type in the world.
The forty five minute concert, which last year was enjoyed by around 250,000 people gathered in Princes Street Gardens and at vantage points around the city and throughout the Lothians, has been an integral part of the Festival since 1950 when Sir Thomas Beecham, clad in a steel helmet borrowed from the barracks at Edinburgh Castle, conducted the first fireworks concert. In the Edinburgh International Festival’s 65th anniversary year, it remains as special as ever.
Almost 3000 artists from 47 nations gather to share the live experience of theatre, dance, opera and music with audiences from approximately a third of the world’s nations for Edinburgh International Festival 2012 (9 August – September 2). This year the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert’s features Walton’s noble Orb and Sceptre march written for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II; Vaughan Williams’ glowing pastoral evocation of the folk song Greensleeves; Prokofiev’s ballet score for Romeo and Juliet; and the concert’s triumphant conclusion, Walton’s music for Laurence Olivier’s great 1944 film Henry V.