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The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings Edinburgh's festrival season to a close.

Music review: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Ross Theatre, Princes Street Gardens

In a format initiated last year, Monday night’s Fireworks Concert began with music but no fireworks. Paying tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary, a performance of his Concert Suite No 1 - a set of love songs from West Side Story - allowed the audience to listen to the music without distraction. With their voices blending well, and displaying remarkable control and appropriate tenderness, tenor Nicky Spence and soprano Lucy Crowe both ably rose to the challenge of amplified outdoor performance on a less than warm summer evening.

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Pop tornado St Vincent - aka Annie Clark ' pumped out a pulsing electronic soundtrack

Music review: St Vincent

Judging by the ­rapturous reaction in the room, it appeared that the International Festival had saved the best of their contemporary music programme to last. There is a certain je ne sais quoi about St Vincent, aka Texan art pop tornado Annie Clark, which marks her out as one of the most interesting artists working in pop music today.

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