Our Formula

For Making Gold

HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO

Alchemy have a great system – it’s one that we’ve developed over many years to create the perfect formula for making gold. Rigorously following these steps enable us to ensure top notch quality control, uncompromising safety, and simply unparalleled results. When you choose us for your professional fireworks display, you’re not only getting the industry’s finest pyrotechnic professionals, expertise, and experience, but you have the peace of mind that you’re getting a standardised, yet completely bespoke service – right out of the gate. How, you ask..?!

IDEA

Ideas brainstorming, and discussion

SKETCH

Conceptualising ideas, drawing plans

DESIGN

Visualisation of colour, timing and music

DEVELOP

Plotting firing points, styles, types of firework

TEST

Test runs, pre-vis software, and safety checks

CELEBRATE

Monitoring on the night, fire and enjoy!

IDEAS THAT CHANGE THE GAME

From the outset, we bring our ideas, wealth of experience and extensive expertise to the drawing board. From our first conversation with you, we’ll put you at ease that we’re the right choice.

Just check out our portfolio, the things our customers have said about us, and join us on any of our social media channels such as flickr, vimeo, Facebook or twitter. You’ll see that our work speaks for itself.

Lightbulbs
A number of pencils in a line
SKETCHING AND PLANNING

Once we have your qualitative brief, we can go about plotting in the fundamentals – colours, shapes, climactic points, music – we start to create the theatre of the Alchemy experience. These foundations make for a solid base on which to build the finer details for your fireworks display.

Fireworks are a dance – so many competitors make the mistake of missing depth. Our recent Hampton Court 25th Anniversary is a good example of how silence can be just as effective as booming explosions.

FIREWORK SELECTION – THE FINER POINTS

Whether it be hand-crafted lance-work sculptures, or the very shape of a trio of rocket explosions in the night sky, we design every aspect of our shows – nothing is left to chance. We select each device, each firework, and each moment to perfection.

Take a look at the flaming millionth runner that we created by hand for the Great North Run – a detailed, moving running woman in fire rope, travelling down the River Tyne ablaze to cross the finish line.

Colourful rocket fireworks
Drone used for fireworks filming
DEVELOP & LEVERAGE CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY

Learning never stops for us at Alchemy – we’re constantly striving to improve upon our every methodology, increase viewer satisfaction and enhance the effect of each laser routine. We take notes, video and stills to evaluate every single show we do.

Through our self-development lab, we have progressed to bigger shows, achieved more accurate sync to music, discovered the finest daytime fireworks, and invested in drone footage.

SAFETY IN NUMBERS – TESTING & FIXING

Safety is the most important aspect of any show – we deal with explosives on a daily basis so we understand that better than anyone! Our staff are all tested, certified and retested regularly to ensure safety is paramount – and our head designer, Glenn, is BPA Level 2 qualified, the highest qualification currently available in the UK firework industry.

Ask to take a look at our safety certification and credentials.

Health & Safety certificate
Stopwatch for timing fireworks displays
3…2…1… FIRE

On the big day: we arrive and like an army, set up, lay miles of cable, fuses, fields of fireworks, and their mounting frames. We test all of the connections, we dummy run, and we do it again. When we’re happy that everything’s good to go, we wait for night fall, and lie in wait for our cue.

When the time comes, the button is pushed – and we micro-manage the firing system for any last minute adjustments, responding to the crowd in kind.

SOFTWARE MONITORING & PRE-VISUALISATION

To us, it’s an airshow for rockets – and we’re air traffic control – we intend to show off what they can really do but that means incredible timing, and accuracy – Whether it be set to music, a stage show, or colourful daytime fireworks.

We can show you in advance what your show will look like with computer software, we can share the exact plans with you, and pre-visualise the whole thing – as well as carefully time and monitor with the same software on the night.

Screen grab of fireworks visualisation software