Let’s be honest, there are now quite a lot of firework festivals and competitions in the UK. Some of them have been around for decades, and some of them have popped up over the last few years. We’ve always turned down invitations in the past, but when the organisers of the UK Festival of Fireworks approached us again this year we decided that it would be an interesting opportunity to try out some new effects, sequences, music and ideas. Firework displays – like all forms of art and entertainment – are subjective, and we were also attracted to the Festival of Fireworks by the fact that there’s no jury of “firework experts”, no voting, no winners and losers – it’s just 4 great 10 minute pyromusical displays put on by people who love spectacular fireworks and watched by people who love spectacular fireworks: what’s not to like?!
Alchemy Fireworks display director Glenn Plume decided that it was “in for a penny, in for a pound” and put a lot of time and effort into the entire process, from meticulously designing the soundtrack and show, sourcing bespoke material, and preparing every effect for maximum reliability; not to mention an epic amount of FireOne programming (1,000 cues). The soundtrack was varied: from a fun Wallace & Gromit intro to the powerful Canto della Terra, Requiem for a Tower, Reet Petite and finishing on the blistering Rocky training montage.
Thanks must also go to all our team of expert pyrotechnichians who worked so hard to take 2 trucks of fireworks and kit produce a truly spectacular end result. The feedback has been phenomenal and the video reflects all the effort that went in to preparing the display.