Rainer Hersch.

Rainer Hersch

Playing for laughs: how comedians use classical music

When music takes itself too seriously, there's a comedian waiting in the wings to bring it back down to earth. One such exponent, Rainer Hersch, looks back at how his predecessors have raised their laughs by sending-up classical music.

Rebecca Franks, Classical Music (BBC Music Magazine), 6th May 2019

Rainer Hersch: Comedy Meets the Orchestra review

His actual jokes might be simplistic, but the quality of the music, including a recorder recital - who knew that the CBSO included recorder aficionados among its number - and its own humour shine through.

Selwyn Knight, The Reviews Hub, 11th March 2017

Al Murray, Pappy's & more join Altitude line-up

Al Murray has been added to the line-up of this year's Altitude Festival, which takes place in Mayrhofen, Austria from March 31 - April 4. Also joining an impressive bill are Pappy's, Fred MacAuly and Rainer Hersch.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th February 2014

The Spotlight on ... Rainer Hersch

Meet conductor and comedian Rainer Hersch who not only does the odd solo stand-up spot on the London circuit, he tours the world performing comedy alongside orchestras. Yes, you read that right!

London Is Funny, 14th March 2013

Edinburgh Fringe review

The Mirror, August 2010