Pyrovision's News Archive 2007
Queen Victoria Sail Away, Southampton
Challenge: To create a stunning display for a very knowledgeable audience.
Display: Layers of multicoloured effects were used; material was varied to create a flow of different patterns and noise. Our client's comment summed it up with 'superb sail away fireworks'.
» Queen Victoria maiden voyage firework display [YouTube]
Queen Victoria Naming Ceremony, Southampton
Challenge: There was only a very limited area that could be seen by the audience due to the restrictions of the staging.
Display: The Unveiling of the Queen Victoria to the audience was accompanied by Katherine Jenkins, during the last 20 seconds of the song low level single shot effects were used in chasing sequences around the stage set leaving the ships name visible to the audience. Another pyro cue accompanied the break of the bottle on the ship while the audience was covered with FlutterFetti. To close the show snow machines created a winter scene whilst the last carol was performed.
» Cunard Queen Victoria is christened [YouTube]
» The New Queen Victoria [YouTube]
St. Andrews Day, Edinburgh
Challenge: To impress the audience with a display which was added to the celebrations for the first time this year.
Display: To create Scotland 'Solitaire' Cross, blue mines were fired with 30 and 40mm silver comet candles going across the front of these at an angle we were at first told could not be done, but was achieved with a stunning result.
City of London Lord Mayor's Display
Challenge: To create a display that is even better than the one the year before for a very knowledgeable client.
Display: The design was approached very different this time, with the fireworks creating defined pictures for 45-60 seconds, each starting with lower level material, building up into layers and finishing with a mini finale, but still keeping the flow by not allowing any gaps in the firing and then ending the show on a large gold and silver sequence with a wide range of materials. The sponsors of the display - Black Cat Fireworks - called it the best display they had seen so far and the Lord Mayor called the crew after the display to congratulate them on 'the best firework display I have ever seen'.
» Lord Mayors Fireworks 2007 [YouTube]
Challenge: To co-ordinate a variety of shows from small school displays to large corporate celebrations.
Displays: Although this year was our busiest year so far during this period we managed to wow our audiences with our new range of Black Cat Category 4 fireworks. As most of these have already been re-booked 2008 looks set to be just as busy!
'It certainly could not have happened without your help and hard work in preparation and setting up, as well as during the party and also after the event.' Gillian Anderson, dtw
'Many thanks for yet another excellent display' Andrea Harrison, Knockholt Carnival Committee
'As usual it was a superb firework display and I think the spontaneous applause spoke volumes.' Linda Butcher, Town Clerk
'A month on, and people in our village still talk about the amazing display you orchestrated for us. It was truly spectacular - on behalf of the whole firework steering committee... I thank you and your team for the professionalism, enthusiasm, care and vision that you brought to the event.' Nick Rickett, Baston B-Active
Swarovski 'Fashion Rocks', Royal Albert Hall
Challenge: To create effects for a live, televised show on a very busy stage, with the audience seated very close to the stage.
Display: For Nicole Scherzinger's first UK appearance as a solo artist gerbs were employed during a slow sequence in the song, The Gossip used ice fountains punctuated with silver jets during their performance, the finale act was Sugar Babes with silver jets and mines, finishing with glitter cascading over the audience.
» Sugar Babes performance [YouTube]
Spalding Pumpkin Festival
Challenge: To create a rooftop display surrounded by the audience on all sides.
Display: All material had to be chosen very carefully as debris had to be kept to the bare minimum. Our new range of firework cakes enabled us to not only minimise fall-out but also to lengthen the time of the display with new and stunning effects sustaining the level of intensity throughout.
MTV Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
Challenge: To provide stage effects during a live performance as well as an intense visual finale.
Display: Flames, Silver Jets and Flash Effects were used during the opening song performed by McFly live on stage. The finale incorporated two large CO2 Blowers covering the audience with FlutterFetti - 12 kilos were used in 30 seconds!
Light Fantastic, Milton Keynes
Challenge: To choreograph pyrotechnic effects to enhance the Son et Lumiere style show, all material was on a rooftop with the audience below.
Display: All material had to be debris free, flares, single and multishot comets, high output gerbs and mines were employed to punctuate the laser, light and projection show which was set to music.
'I am writing to thank you and your colleagues for the tremendous support that was given to the inaugural Light Fantastic weekend.' Mark Harrison, Light Fantastic
Promotional Display for the M.V. Deutschland Cruise Liner on the River Thames
Challenge: To create a stunning display for 10 minutes on a restricted budget, with the fireworks having to be positioned on a narrow barge.
Display: To create larger frontage in this restricted area, angle plates were mounted onto the barge to fan fireworks, layering of material with similar effects and colours helped to create a flow, i.e. small silver spinning planet cakes were used, then 14mm silver candles leading into 3" silver spinning shells. Tower Bridge acted as a 'frame' surrounding the display, which gave the display a more theatrical feel. The finale also incorporated a large lancework spelling M.V. Deutschland.
Bank of Scotland Firework Concert
Challenge: To choreograph one of the largest firework displays set to live music on the historic site of Edinburgh castle.
Display: Rousing sequences, including the overtures to Bernstein's Candide and Gershwin's Strike Up The Band, were interspersed with lyrical and gentle passages of music such as Barber's Adagio for Strings. Various Candle sequences were used starting off from one side of the castle moving across to mimic the waltz movements. The concert concluded in boisterous style as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performed Sousa's The Liberty Bell - known to many across the world as the theme tune to Monty Python's Flying Circus. The humorous mood of the piece was reflected in the use of whistles, hummers - the famous 'raspberry' was created with a mass volley of screecher mines.
» STV review
» How do you choreograph fireworks to live music? BBC News Magazine
"The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has played a prominent role in the Edinburgh International Festival and the concert brought things to a spectacular close." Linda Fabiani, Culture Minister
"My first festival as director has been a tremendous thrill and one of the highlights has to be this most remarkable and inclusive of finales."
Jonathan Mills, Edinburgh International Festival director
Summer Ball Firework Display at the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth
Challenge: To better last year's event with a choreographed display to a custom edited soundtrack set in front of this historic building.
Display: The setting meant that calibre size was restricted to 5" shells, to achieve an intense frontage smaller calibre items were positioned close to the parade ground including special effects such as flame/fire projectors.
Naming Ceremony of the 'Herodote'
Challenge: To add colour to the naming ceremony of one of the largest container ships during daylight hours.
Display: By using several large CO2 Blowers we accomplished the client's brief to cover the dockside and guests in red, white and blue FlutterFetti. At the same time Aero Cannons were set off from the ship sending giant crepe streamers cascading down the side of the ship.
Truckfest Firework Display
Challenge: To create a low level display set to music within the confines of an arena with the audience surrounding the firing site.
Display: To stay with the atmosphere at Truckfest the fireworks were choreographed to the theme music from 'Rocky' and 'Bat out of Hell' by Meatloaf. Our new range of smaller calibre firework cakes allowed us to use a wide range of effects and noise punctuated by flame and fire effects.
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Challenge: To create a display worthy of the Queen's 60th Wedding Anniversary during appaling weather conditions.
Display: A set piece commemorating this special event was fired during the finale of the display inside the castle so that the Queen could enjoy a close view of this. The finale was set fittingly to 'Rule Britannia' which erupted with 300 shells, candles and large calibre cakes to the delight of the audience.
Ocean Village Ceremonies
Challenge: To create a daylight show with minimum fall out with a carnival feel.
Display: To reduce the fall out zone we worked on warehouse roofs requiring cranes to lift all equipment and material into place. The show was based on certain colours and effects that could be seen in the daylight, as well as noise such as whistles, hummers, screechers and of course bangs. The whole display lasted 5 minutes and ended with an intense finale.
Challenge: To provide gold glitter during Corinne Bailey Rae live performance at this prestigious awards ceremony.
Display: Gold glitter was released on cue during this performance.
QE2 Silver Anniversary Cruise Celebrations
Challenge: To create a firework display worthy the 25th world cruise of the worlds most famous cruise liner.
Display: We created a visual portfolio of the continents she is going to visit on this cruise, i.e. coloured palms/golden chrysanthemum for the Caribbean's, pastel peonies and glitter for the Pacific Islands, swirling tourbillions, Chinese crackers and hanging lanterns for the Far East. The finale was a giant array of crackling silver spider and silver palms as a fitting tribute for her silver anniversary cruise.