The award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone is bringing her brand-new orchestral work Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Sunday 27 August.
For one night only at the Pleasance Grand in Edinburgh, Stone will perform as soloist in a performance of her debut orchestral work alongside one of Scotland's finest youth chamber ensembles, the NYOS Camerata, conducted by rising star conductor Ben Glassberg.
Stone’s debut as orchestral composer, Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra is a spoken word concerto – the first work of its kind – that sees the comedian in the role of ‘soloist’ alongside an orchestra of 27 musicians.
Supported by The Bliss Trust Composers Bursary, Arts Council England and PRS Women Make Music, the work was given its world premiere at Glastonbury Festival in June and performed at Latitude Festival earlier this month. Its tour of UK Festivals culminates with this special performance in Edinburgh as part of the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A classically-trained musician and composer who studied music at the Royal Academy of Music, Stone won the Soho Theatre Stand-Up Award in 2011 and her subsequent shows enjoyed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Soho Theatre as well as on tour. Vikki is a former member of the National Youth Music Theatre and has appeared in stage plays and musicals including Sweeney Todd and Beauty and The Beast as well as acting for children's television shows Titch and Ted (for which also she also wrote the theme tune and incidental music), Dick and Dom's Hoopla and CBBC's Comedy Palace. She also stars in the BBC Music film Ten Pieces II which was broadcast in cinemas as well as on BBC2 and CBBC. She is currently presenting The Proms Podcast for the BBC Proms broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music.
Last year, Stone made her classical composition debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Thing That Matters, a choral work for massed choir commissioned by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra is Stone’s first composition for orchestra.
Vikki Stone says: “Music has always been a huge part of my life. I trained as a flautist and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, so composing a work of this scale has always been a great ambition of mine. It combines my two great loves – comedy and music – and it’s particularly exciting to be bringing it to Edinburgh, somewhere I’ve performed many times as a comic and somewhere that holds lots of great memories for me."