Festival Fireworks bring August to a spectacular end

Edinburgh International Festival's closing event, the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, will this evening bring August to its traditional end - with incredible pyrotechnics and the stirring sounds of live classical music, including Strauss, Brahms, Mozart and Dvorak. 

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The concert, which begins at 9.30pm on Monday 31 August, will once again entertain thousands gathered in Princes Street Gardens, with an amazing display of flashes and bangs high above Edinburgh Castle, all choreographed to the performance of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra below. 

Edinburgh International Festival Director Fergus Linehan said: 

It’s been a wonderful year for all of Edinburgh’s summer festivals and we are delighted to be able to offer the closing finale to everyone. 

The concert includes over 400,000 fireworks, and is estimated to be enjoyed each year by around 250,000 people across the festival city, both in the Gardens themselves and from a variety of scenic vantage points

Conductor Garry Walker will lead the SCO in seven fantastic pieces of music, each sure to perfectly complement the explosive lightshow high above: 

  • E Strauss - Steam Powered polka (fast, op. 70)
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dances nos. 1, 3 & 5
  • Mozart - Contradances from K603 and K609
  • Lumbye - Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop
  • Dvorak - Slavonic Dances from op. 46
  • J Strauss II - Emperor Waltz, op. 437
  • J Strauss II - Thunder and Lightning Polka

Tickets to be in Princes Street Gardens for the 45 minute show can still be purchased from eif.co.uk or by calling 0131 473 2000

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