Performance Details

First part (without fireworks) 

BIZET Selection from Carmen 

Second part (with fireworks) 

GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice  
BERLIOZ Ball, March to the Scaffold & Witches’ Sabbath from Symphonie fantastique

The spectacular Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings together unforgettable orchestral classics and fireworks specially choreographed by international pyrotechnics artists Pyrovision — all set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. See the Orchestra up close from a seat at the Ross Theatre, or enjoy a picnic with family in the Gardens. 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 Orchestra 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.

Marta Gardolińska


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Marta Gardolińska was born in 1988 in Warsaw, Poland and currently holds the post of Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In October 2018, she stood in at the last minute to make her acclaimed subscription debut with the BSO and will lead the Orchestra in a variety of concerts and educational activities over the coming seasons.

Other professional engagements have led her to work with ensembles including the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Symphony Orchestra of Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Tonkunstler Orchester, Symphony Orchestra of Poznan Opera and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.

In 2015, she was named Principal Conductor of the Akademischer Orchesterverein Wien and during the 2017-18 season, she held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of TU-Orchester Wien.