Edinburgh International Festival 2012 To Go Out With A Bang
The Edinburgh International Festival will come to a spectacular conclusion this Sunday with the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, an incredible fireworks display choreographed to live music.
The concert will begin at 9.00pm with a volley of fireworks travelling at 200 miles per hour and rising 750 feet above Edinburgh Castle as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra launches into Walton’s Orb and Sceptre. Over 100,000 fireworks will be set off against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, choreographed to orchestral music performed live by the Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Garry Walker.
Against the unique setting of Edinburgh Castle, over 100,000 fireworks choreographed to orchestral music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Garry Walker, will light up the sky over the Scottish capital for this hugely popular event, bringing Edinburgh International Festival 2012 to a spectacular conclusion. The orchestra will play Walton’s Orb and Sceptre, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Walton’s Suite from Henry V.
As the concert draws close, additional tickets have been made available early to help viewers plan their night. The change has come as Inverleith Park has been deemed too waterlogged, after this week’s wet weather, to host its usual additional viewing area for the concert on Sunday 2nd September. Instead, the Council has identified Waverley Bridge as an alternative, announcing it will close traffic to provide more space for people to gather and watch the fireworks. Organisers of the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert are putting in speakers, to bring the music being played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to those on the bridge.
For families and people with disabilities, there will be another viewing area on the north of Princes St (between Castle Street and Frederick Street). As in previous years Princes Street audiences can enjoy the Orchestra’s performance through a massive speaker system.
To ensure those who had planned on viewing the fireworks from Inverleith Park have an opportunity to adjust their plans, the Festival will be releasing some of its allocation of Princes Street Garden tickets on Thursday 30th August at 10am. These tickets are usually held till the day before the concert, but will now be available through the website, by phoning +44 (0)131 473 2000, or buying the tickets in person at The Hub on Castlehill. The last remaining tickets to Princes Street Garden will go on sale only at The Hub from 10am on Saturday 1st September.