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Rainer Hersch

Rainer Hersch is a comedian, conductor and musician who has performed on every major comedy stage in Britain and around the world. His unique blend of classical music and comedy make Rainer an in demand comedian for corporate events. 

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Rainer Hersch Biography

Rainer Hersch is a comedian and musician who has performed on every major comedy stage in Britain and abroad. His talent and charisma have rendered him highly sought-after for corporate events.

Rainer has appeared eleven times at the Edinburgh Festival; had numerous comedy-concert series at the South Bank in London; featured in comedy clubs all across Europe and in TV shows around the world.

Rainer's love for comedy and classical music began almost simultaneously, as did his need to share his passion with others. By the age of 12 he had already passed clarinet exams, but was quickly drawn to the piano which he studied properly from the age of 14. This led to a school concert society which he organised single-handedly.

With this experience and his sights set on a career as an impresario, Rainer studied economics at university - not music. In his spare time he wrote and directed student...

Rainer Hersch is a comedian and musician who has performed on every major comedy stage in Britain and abroad. His talent and charisma have rendered him highly sought-after for corporate events.

Rainer has appeared eleven times at the Edinburgh Festival; had numerous comedy-concert series at the South Bank in London; featured in comedy clubs all across Europe and in TV shows around the world.

Rainer's love for comedy and classical music began almost simultaneously, as did his need to share his passion with others. By the age of 12 he had already passed clarinet exams, but was quickly drawn to the piano which he studied properly from the age of 14. This led to a school concert society which he organised single-handedly.

With this experience and his sights set on a career as an impresario, Rainer studied economics at university - not music. In his spare time he wrote and directed student revues and continued his piano studies - principally with Norma Fisher but also in masterclasses with Martino Tirimo and Gwenneth Pryor. He has since also studied conducting privately with various teachers and in masterclasses with the noted Mahlerian, Benjamin Zander.

Rainer began his working life in the management of musical arts organisations. But the comedy had taken a hold and, unknown to his employers, he began moonlighting as a stand-up comedian on the London cabaret circuit. Rainer slowly realised that this was his true vocation and in 1992 he apprehensively gave up his last job with a title, Touring Manager of the London Festival Orchestra, to enter the uncertain world of professional comedy. His first experiment with the one-man show format was an A to Z of all things British called 'The Massed Bands of the Grenadier Guards and R.A.F. Flypast-plus support' with which he toured the Canadian fringe festivals in 1994. The following year he produced an hour of straight stand-up, 'Was God British?'.

He has since used this experience to present full comedy programmes with many orchestras around the world including the Tasmanian Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and the St Petersburg Philharmonic - with whom he appeared in the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic, one of the great Soviet era concert halls. The All Classical Music Explained theme has also now been turned into a number of radio series for the BBC and Classic FM.

Rainer has also become a comic voice - providing witty commentary on things musical for many other BBC radio and TV programmes including over 40 appearances on the classic radio show 'Loose Ends' with Ned Sherrin.

His documentary series about comedy and classical music 'All The Right Notes, Not Necessarily In The Right Order' (BBC Radio 4) plotted the lives of musical comedians of the past. It was the seed for Rainer's first one-man play, 'BorgeAgain!' which he presented with sell-out success at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival.

On TV Rainer has made guest appearances on lots of programmes including 'How Do They Do That?' (ITV 1) and 'The Big Stage' (Channel 5) - and with a five week stint as team captain on the daily show 'The Entertainment Game' (BBC1).

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Rainer Hersch is a musician, comedian and unique corporate entertainer.

  • Music
  • comedy

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