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The King of Ghosts

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The Edinburgh Mela is delighted to announce a major development to celebrate its 20th year. The festival has commissioned an innovative new musical work, a collaboration between the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and rising world music star Soumik Datta, which will premiere at the opening of the Edinburgh Mela before going on to tour Scotland.

Composed by Datta, co-composed, arranged, and conducted by Johannes Berauer, and working in development with musicians from the SCO, The King of Ghosts is a brand new piece of music inspired by the classic 1969 Indian art house film Gupi Gayen, Bagha Bayen, by Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray. The piece weaves Indian folk rhythms, rich orchestral textures and pulsing electronic beats into a gorgeous, atmospheric experience, as scenes from the film are projected above the musicians and the audience is transported into the fairytale.

Part of the Homecoming Scotland and Culture 2014 celebrations, The King of Ghosts will be performed live by Datta, multi-award-winning percussionist Cormac Byrne, and a 25-piece orchestra from SCO. Following its debut at the Edinburgh Mela The King of Ghosts will tour Scotland, with performances at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, Perth Horsecross, and at Inverness Eden Court.

Johannes Berauer is one of the most productive and diverse young composers of Austria, whose previous work has included commissions from the Vienna Musikverein, Konzerthaus Wien, Linzer Klangwolke, and the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies.

A percussionist since the age of four, Cormac Byrne developed a love for the bodhran and traditional music while studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has since become an award-winning performer, touring to numerous festivals around the world and working with musicians throughout the UK.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Tickets: £12.50 / £17.50 / £28.50
  • Wagner
    Ryde of the Valkyries
  • Beethoven
  • Mendelssohn
    Athalie - War March of the Priests
  • Debussy
    Marche Ecossaise
  • Tchaikovsky
    1812 Overture

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings Edinburgh's summer festival season to a spectacular conclusion, celebrating courage, heroism and struggles for freedom through stirring, uplifting music and a breathtaking fireworks display specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision.

Alongside the majesty of Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' from Die Walküre and Debussy's rousing March Écossaise, the concert takes in the stormy passions of Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the memorable 'War March of the Priests' from Mendelssohn's Athalie.

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, written to celebrate Russia's deliverance from Napoleon's invading armies, brings the evening to an electrifying conclusion, accompanied by a glittering display of pyrotechnics from the Edinburgh Castle ramparts.