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Winners announced for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition

Ailsa Morrison, aged 12 from Edinburgh, Carlotta Ecks, aged 8 from Dunbar, and six pupils aged 5 to 8 from the Language and Communications Class at St Cuthbert's RC Primary School,  also from Edinburgh, will see their poster designs across Edinburgh in the months leading up to the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.

The entries from Ailsa and Carlotta, plus the joint design by Jack, Jamie, Basia, Fletcher, Milosz and Cameron from St Cuthbert’s, were praised by judges for capturing the spirit and character of the Fireworks Concert, which forms the spectacular finale to the Edinburgh International Festival, and the city’s summer festival season.

Ailsa Morrison
Poster design by Ailsa Morrison

Carlotta Ecks
Poster design by Carlotta Ecks

St Cuthbert's
Poster design by Jack Davis, Jamie Blackhall, Basia Poplaska, Fletcher Ireland, Milosz Mazur and Cameron Neale from St Cuthbert's RC Primary School

The competition, supported by Virgin Money and Fireworks Concert broadcasters Forth One, is now in its 5th year, and attracted hundreds of entries from children across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. The winners were announced in a special unveiling at the Virgin Money Lounge, Edinburgh. Forth One DJs Boogie and Arlene from the Breakfast Show judged the entries on their bold, bright colours and shapes. As well as seeing their designs throughout the city, the winners will enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Fireworks set-up site at Edinburgh Castle and win a family ticket to the spectacular concert in Princes Street Gardens on Monday 29 August at 9.30pm.

This year’s Fireworks Concert marks the 5th anniversary of Virgin Money’s support of the event, having come on board as title sponsors in 2011. In that time over 1, 250,000 people have enjoyed the event from vantage points across Edinburgh and beyond, with an estimated 2 million fireworks having exploded over Edinburgh’s Castle. In 2014 Virgin Money extended its sponsorship of the event until 2017, which marks the 35th annual Fireworks Concert, during the International Festival’s 70th anniversary year.

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert is one of Edinburgh’s favourite annual events, bringing together families, visitors and communities from across the city and beyond, in the grand finale to Edinburgh’s summer festival season. Over 400,000 fireworks choreographed to live orchestral music will light up the sky over Edinburgh against the unique backdrop of its iconic Castle. The event - the largest fireworks concert of its type in the world – is enjoyed annually by around 250,000 people at various vantage points across the Scottish capital and surrounds.

This year, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska, performs classical favourites inspired by Shakespeare, which continues the International Festival’s Shakespearean celebrations this year which commemorates 400 years since his death. Pieces performed on the night including Prokofiev’s vibrant ballet music for Romeo and Juliet 'Dance of the Knights', also known well to millions as the theme from The Apprentice, and the 'Symphonic Dances' from Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical West Side Story, exploding in tandem with the fireworks.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and thanks to everyone for coming along!

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