Shanghai International Music Festival

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We were very pleased to be invited back again to take part in this spectacular international celebration of choreographed music to fireworks.  The theme of this year’s entry was “Life’s Great Journey.”

As we journey through our lives we all take different paths that are unique and challenging.  The theme of the display developed and the tracks chosen reflected all the stages of our life’s journey:

  • Peace and Tranquillity
  • Drama and Excitement
  • Survival through challenging times
  • A celebration of life – the finale

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Pyrovision is renowned for bringing together sight and sound to create a totally sensory experience – sound and vision become one!

Two short extracts have been included here for you to view…

Lord Mayor’s Show, River Thames, London

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Pyrovision are proud to be involved in this prestigious annual event.

Traditionally the second weekend in November  celebrates the election of the New Mayor of the City of London.  This historic pageant dates back over 800 years.lord-mayor-show-londyn_2011d

The procession starts at 11am, there are events all day and culminates in the fireworks display over the Thames at 5.15pm.

This fireworks display marks the end of The Lord Mayor’s Show and the beginning of a new mayoral year, the newly confirmed Lord Mayor launches the display over the river.

For the best views of this spectacular annual display head down to the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.

For more information bout the day and the history surrounding this historic annual event please view their website and a clip of the 2016 fireworks can be viewed through YouTube.

 

Crowborough Fireworks 2016

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This year’s spectacular event, arranged by Crowborough Town Council was called “Classical Crowborough!”

The fireworks were choreographed to a number of different tracks; it began with a dramatic opening of “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), then moved on to a lighter number Elgar’s Nimrod, followed by Carmen (Bizet) and Vivaldi ‘s Four Seasons. Other composers featured including Khachaturian, Holtz, Prokofiev and concluded with a spectacular shell finale to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

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The rain held off and, despite the cold, a record number of people turned up to view the show.  Feedback included some amazing comments such as these:

“I was stunned.  The show was incredible.  I’ve seen fireworks displays before, they’ve been good.  But nothing was as good as this.  The music was superb, the choreography of the fireworks to it was excellent!”

Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks 2016

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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.

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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.”

For more photographs and video footage visit the Edinburgh Spotlight page.

 

Hever Castle

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A beautiful family evening hosted by the Hever Residents Association at Hever Castle Gardens. The Victorious River Band entertained all ages with a great repertoire, there was also a boat rides, BBQ, bar and a fireworks finale!

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The TRANSAT

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The North Atlantic Alone
The North Atlantic Alone

This year the city of Plymouth hosted the start of the TRANSAT bakerly – dubbed “the hard way to New York!” This is the challenging single handed ocean race – up to 3,500 miles of open water, from the southwest coast of England, across the North Atlantic Ocean to New York.  The first race in 1960 started at Plymouth with just five competitors.  This year 25 boats set sail in the Transat bakerly 2016 fleet on Monday 2nd May. To find out more visit the Transat website.

The Challenge!
The Challenge!

The bank holiday weekend proved to be an exciting time with a varied line up of events and included a celebratory fireworks display across the harbour on the evening of Saturday30th April!

 

A short video clip can be seen on the Newsflare.com website here.

Crowborough Fireworks 2015

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This year’s display saw some incredible fireworks, choreographed beautifully to the topical James Bond music including View to a Kill, Die another Day, Skyfall and also the most recent – Sam Smith’s “Writing on the Wall.”

 

Crowborough 2015

Despite the wet weather people again travelled far and wide for the display, and Crowborough Town Council treated residents to another amazing display raising funds for the Mayor’s charities.  Hardy folk donned their wellie boots and raincoats and were wowed by the show. The stunning finale of the fireworks was a breathtaking sequence of white strobe effects, set to Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds are Forever!”

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Diamonds are Forever!

Shanghai 2015

Shanghai 2015

Pyrovision are proud of the fact that we were invited to represent the UK in attending this year’s Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival.

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The theme of our show – Life’s Great Journey – used music from a variety of sources including the theme tunes from Gladiator, The Dark Knight and Star Trek Into Darkness; other tracks included a four piece string quartet called Bond with Explosive and Katherine Jenkins version of “Who wants to live forever?” This provided an opportunity for us to demonstrate the highs and lows that we experience on our unique and individual paths. We develop and grow from the people and environment around both physically, mentally and spiritually.

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The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

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The Virgin Money Fireworks display is an annual event that marks the end of the Edinburgh International Festival.  The spectacular display, watched by an estimated 300,000+ audience, is choreographed to music, played live in the Princes Street Gardens, performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  It is set to light up the skies of Edinburgh with the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

This shows takes over a week to set up and some of the photos below show the various developing stages…

Preparation before departure for Edinburgh
Preparation before departure for Edinburgh
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A lot of wiring and cable - essential for multiple ignitions across the castle wall
A lot of wiring and cable – essential for multiple ignitions across the castle wall

This year’s theme was based around a variety of dances and started with Eduard Strauss’ Steam Powered Polka and concluded with his brother Johann’s Thunder and Lightning Polka. Other shorter pieces included three Hungarian dances by Brahms, two Slavonic dances by Dvorak, Lumbye’s famous Copenhagen Steam Railway Gallop and two Mozart Contradances.

Cruise Ship Launches

Southhampton Boat Launches

Pyrovision have regularly produced fireworks for those special moments at Southampton docks for naming ceremonies and boat launches of various special cruise liners…

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“Aurora” naming ceremony
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“Oriana” naming ceremony for P&O
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“Arcadia” ceremony – fired form the docks and from the ship

Fireworks are fired from a range of locations for maximum effect – from the docks, dockside, the ship or from barges across the harbour.