Fireworks close Edinburgh Festival

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A SPECTACULAR fireworks display has closed the 2014 Edinburgh Festival.

The Virgin Money concert was watched by an estimated 250,000 people across the city.

The fireworks light-up the night sky. Pic: PA

The fireworks light-up the night sky. Pic: PA

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, led by conductor Garry Walker, performed familiar classical sounds specially chosen to ­reflect the theme of war and conciliation in honour of this year’s centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

The concert featured one of the world’s best known classical tunes – Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Around 400,000 fireworks were used in all, lighting up the night sky in what is the largest annual fireworks concert in 
the world.

Along with Tchaikovsky’s famous overture, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performed Wagner’s stirring Ride of the Valkyries, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Mendelssohn’s War March of the Priests from Athalie and Debussy’s 
Marche Ecossaise.