Tenor Nicky Spence and soprano Lucy Crowe will perform Bernstein’s West Side Story
Scottish tenor Nicky Spence and soprano Lucy Crowe will join the world-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra at this year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, performing songs from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical West Side Story.
Nicky and Lucy will sing the roles of Tony and Maria, the doomed lovers from the feuding streets of 1950s New York City at the centre of Bernstein’s retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet story. They’re set to perform some of the best loved songs from the musical, including Maria and Somewhere, in celebration of the centenary of American composer Leonard Bernstein.
To set the mood ahead of the fireworks presentation at 9.30 pm, Nicky and Lucy’s performance takes place at 9.00 pm in the first part of this special evening, which extends the event by approximately 30 minutes
This is the second year that there has been an additional first part to the event ahead of the traditional fireworks, enhancing the evening and the concert going experience for audiences watching in Princes Street Gardens.
After a short interval, the second part of the event sees the Scottish Chamber Orchestra take the audience into deepest space with music from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, accompanied overhead by 400,000 fireworks lighting up the sky against the unique backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic Castle.