On Monday evening the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brought the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival to a close with a bang – well, quite a few bangs actually – we are delighted to announce that we will continue as headline sponsors of the Fireworks Concert for a further 3 years.
Andrew Nicholson Brand Director at Virgin Money said:
Virgin Money is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Fireworks Concert and we look forward to continuing to work with the Edinburgh International Festival and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on this wonderful event. This annual spectacular brings a fitting finale to an amazing 70th anniversary International Festival in the world’s greatest festival city.
This year’s Fireworks Concert marks the seventh anniversary of Virgin Money’s support of the event, having come on board as title sponsors in 2011. In that time, over 1,500,000 spectators have enjoyed the event from vantage points across Edinburgh and beyond, with an estimated 2.5 million fireworks having exploded over Edinburgh’s Castle.
More than 400,000 fireworks were launched during the concert in a display designed by Keith Webb of Pyrovision, synchronised perfectly to music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell. There was a distinctly Scottish identity to pieces by classical composers Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir James MacMillan and Sir Malcolm Arnold, in an extended programme which included Scottish and Gaelic songs performed by Capercaillie vocalist Karen Matheson to special orchestral arrangements. The concert also featured Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous music from his ballet The Sleeping Beauty.
The three event partners, Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Virgin Money, are delighted to continue to offer a celebration which the whole city and its residents can share in, giving everyone more to enjoy on the final day of the summer festivals.