Fireworks concert to bring 70th Festival to an explosive close

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ON Monday, as tradition now dictates, the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert will light up the night sky while bringing the 70th Anniversary International Festival to a spectacular close.

The grand finale of the of the annual arts extravaganza, this year’s event boasts an extended programme as Karen Matheson of Celtic super-group Capercaillie joins the world-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra for an evening of music and fireworks.

Karen Matheson

Karen Matheson

Organisers hope that the enhanced Fireworks Concert will further enrich the experience for audiences across the city, adding a new dimension to the event in its anniversary year.

During the first part of the evening, Matheson will perform new versions of her songs specially arranged for the occasion by founding member of Capercaillie Donald Shaw.

Shaw is a critically-acclaimed musician, producer and composer, and has performed with artists such as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler and Rosanne Cash.

Now in its 36th year, the concert is brimming over with Scottish flavour, as foot-tapping pieces by renowned Scottish composers Sir James MacMillan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies are performed to an outstanding display by fireworks specialists Pyrovision.

Macmillan’s Stomp starts proceedings with ceilidh-inspired energy, while Maxwell Davies’s epic An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise - a riotous setting of traditional folk tunes which concludes with the special appearance of a solo bagpiper - closes the concert in a suitably celebratory fashion.

The Fireworks Concert also includes a selection from Tchaikovsky’s ballet Sleeping Beauty as its centrepiece, a moment of Russian romanticism poised between two Scottish masterpieces.

More than 400,000 fireworks, choreographed to the live orchestral score will light up the sky over Edinburgh on Monday, attracting an expected 250,000 spectators at viewing points across the city.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Princes St Gardens, Monday, 9pm, £15-£32, eif.co.uk/virginmoneyfireworks