Producing a firework display to live music is a welcome challenge. It requires creativity, reliable material, an ability to think on your feet and follow the changing tempo of an orchestra. Coping with the English weather is a very unwelcome challenge, that requires determination, a perma-smile and some decent waterproofs. So how efficient it was to combine all of this at Twinwoods, near Bedford, for Mark Harrison’s Proms in the Park summer classical concert. The weather held until the early evening, so just as the hardy Proms-goers were unpacking their tables, champagne, candelabras, union jack table cloths and kitchen sinks from the car boots the heavens opened. In true British style though, the Dunkirk spirit kicked in and before too long all the marvellous people and picnics were all in their rightful positions, just with a layer of waterproofing over the top.
And the same was true of our fireworks. Rain doesn’t affect them. At Tynemouth in 2007 we fired shells through waves whilst they landed on top of the firing positions, and even the vast majority of that went off. So a heavy summer downpour it just sends the firing team running for the van to find their waterproofs, or the nearest food stand for a warming cup of tea.
“I am writing to thank you and your colleagues for the spectacular fireworks fired in live synchronisation to our orchestra. New venues bring with them challenges, which your company surpassed, with the result being a thoroughly enjoyable show.” Mark Harrison, The Full Effect.
Alchemy Fireworks useful links: The Full Effect website