It’s that very sad time in August when we have to say goodbye to all the festival fun for another year. The fiery finale in the form of the Fireworks concert brings the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a luminous conclusion.
This year the fireworks will be on Monday 26th August, set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Castle, this event brings together stirring orchestral music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and magnificent pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists, Pyrovision.
Over 400,000 fireworks launched from the Castle make this one of the biggest fireworks concerts in the world. Edinburgh-born mezzo soprano Catriona Morison, winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 — the world’s most prestigious vocal competition — joins the SCO for a selection of vocal and orchestral music from Bizet’s Carmen.
After the dazzling colours of Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila Overture, get set for a thrilling ride into a world of musical magic and mystery. Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was made world famous in Disney’s Fantasia. Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique closes with a fiery finale.
The event starts at 9pm, the first half of this will be without fireworks.
Children are welcome in the gardens. Children under 5 are free but ticketed. Standard price tickets are available for children over that age.
You can enjoy the fireworks from other vantage points around the city though, including the links, Meadows and the various hills around Edinburgh too !!!