Final Allocation of Festival Fireworks Concert On Sale Saturday

Submitted by edg on Thu, 1 Sep '11 7.41pm

The final allocation of tickets for the annual Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert - this year dubbed the Virgin Money Festival Fireworks after its new sponsor - go on sale on Saturday 3 September at 10.00am. They are only available over the counter at The Hub on Castlehill.

The grand finale to the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fireworks Concert is held place in the Ross Theatre in Princes Street Gardens this Sunday at 9.00pm.

As in previous years, the performance will be relayed to a viewing area at Inverleith Park with its large screens and speaker system.

Proceedings will begin when at 9.00pm, Firestarter Megan Blair, aged 9 from Tranent, presses the launch button and the sky lights up with over 100,000 fireworks.

In this year's concert, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be led by conductor Garry Walker playing an Eastern-inspired programme.

2011 Fireworks Concert Programme

  • Overture from Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla, which tells the story of the abduction of a Russian Princess on her wedding day
  • Oriental Procession from Belshazzar’s Feast by Sibelius, a musical interpretation of a prophecy from the Book of Daniel
  • Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, composed to celebrate the twenty-fifth year of the reign of Emperor Alexander II
  • The Blackmoor’s Dance from Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite, written as the finale for a performance of the Arabian tale
  • Extracts from Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet The Nutcracker, the instantly recognisable Russian, Chinese and Arabian dances
  • As a finale, a second offering from Borodin, the Polovtsian Dances from the unfinished opera Prince Igor.

Twitter pics

Audiences are encouraged to submit their photos from the event on Twitter using the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert hashtag #vmfireworks. All pictures posted with this tag will automatically be entered into the Festival’s Fireworks Photography competition, with the best picture winning a pair of tickets for the concert in 2012.

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