An estimated 250,000 people witnessed the “Sparkling Finale” to the Edinburgh International Festival. It was a musical celebration of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death comprising of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Shostakovich’s Festive Overture.
More than 400,000 fireworks were launched from the Castle as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performed below in Princes Street Gardens, conducted by Kristiina Poska.
Fergus Linehan, director of Edinburgh International Festival said “This year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert was absolutely amongst the best displays of its kind anywhere in the world.”
Virgin Money’s Head of Sponsorship, Andrew Nicholson also said, “The concert this evening has brought together so many people who have all enjoyed the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s wonderful performance and the mesmerising pyrotechnic extravaganza.”
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