Viva to combine comedy and music at festival

Alasdair Malloy
Alasdair Malloy

East Midlands professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva will bring a host of chuckling classics and merry melodies to Derby LIVE’s Derby Comedy Festival with two family concerts on Saturday, June 21.

Hosted by lively percussionist and presenter Alasdair Malloy – the concerts entitled Sounds Like Fun at 11.30 and 2pm - have been re-located to Derby’s Guildhall Theatre and specially arranged for families with children aged six to 11.

Comedic capers commence with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Dance of the Buffoons, Mozart’s A Musical Joke, Billie Grey’s unforgettable and infectious Laughing Policeman and Fucik’s Entry of the Gladiators.

Animals are always fun to observe and there’s a generous helping of musical mirth making from the feline frolics of Leroy Anderson’s Waltzing Cat to the lolloping gravity of Camille Saint-Saens’s The Elephant and on to Johann Strauss II’s famous Cuckoo Polka. And to round off the experience, there’s a ‘follow my leader’ party atmosphere as Alasdair cuts some shapes for Mozart’s Samba alla Turca.

Alasdair said: “This programme is perfect for Derby Comedy Festival. There is a lot of comedy in classical music and the pieces we have chosen and specially arranged are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.”

Derby Comedy Festival runs from June 13-22. Visit for more details.