Blackpool World Championship fireworks contest won by Germany

Beethoven-inspired dramatic entry from Germany won World Fireworks Championship in Blackpool

The spectacular German fireworks display to catchy Beethoven music, which began with the haunting sound of a gong struck three times, beat the competition from Russia and Ireland.

The result was announced at tonight’s festive exhibition by pyrotechnic experts, Titanium Fireworks.

The judges said it was almost impossible to separate the three entrants due to the sheer quality of the displays, but said they were particularly impressed with the timing of the German music which included a celebration of Beethoven. They also praised the spectacular final.

Germany’s spectacular entry overtook the Irish and the Russians

A spokesperson for the winning German team said the show was originally designed for the 2020 championship to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday. It was dedicated to the composer’s music and was titled “Beethoven’s Birthday Party”.

He added: “My decision to limit the soundtrack to compositions by a single composer made it much more difficult than working on an original soundtrack for a ‘normal’ show. The soundtrack begins with three gongs, without fireworks, which is kind of a signature for my shows.

“One of my favorite scenes in this show is the rising part of the epic version of Moonlight Sonata which always gives me goosebumps every time I hear it!”

This year’s Blackpool Fireworks World Championships was held on four alternate Saturdays in September and October from a new launch pad on the beach opposite the Blackpool Tower.

A VisitBlackpool spokesperson said: “This year’s entries have been absolutely spectacular and have truly captured the imagination of the public.

“After having to cancel last year’s event due to COVID restrictions, it literally came back in force, drawing record crowds to the waterfront.”

Earlier this week, it was announced that there will be another fireworks display * in Blackpool with Titanium producing a family fireworks display at the same seaside location around 5 p.m. on New Years Eve.

The free event is part of a comprehensive Christmas entertainment program in Blackpool that includes a Christmas By The Sea village with a free ice rink, snowfall, log cabins, themed screenings and a traditional festive market in and around the winter gardens.

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* The family New Year’s fireworks display is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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