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Entertainment with Orchestra
Keynote Speaker
Solo Entertainment/Presenter



Rainer Hersch is an ideal entertainer for corporate dinners, awards ceremonies and conferences.  His many clients have included

  • Audi, Auto Express, AXA, British Council of Shopping Centres, Canon Europe, Direct Marketing Association , Emap Automotive, Ergon, Essensys, Farmers Weekly, Haymarket Publishing, Motor Transport Awards, Jaguar, QinetiQ, RAC, Royal Bank of Scotland, SJ Berwin, Skoda, Sumitomo Chemical, Syngenta, Unilever, TMA UK, Vodaphone, Volkswagen.

His act is sophisticated, novel, appeals across nationalities, is clean, funny and can be tailored to match your brief.  At corporate events he performs either:

  • With his comedy orchestra, which can range from 8 musicians to a full symphony orchestra.
  • As a speaker presenting his engaging and illuminating module "Peak Performance" - what business can learn from a symphony orchestra.
  • On his own as a stand-up comedian.



ENTERTAINMENT with Orchestra (up to 90 mins)

This act is unique in corporate entertainment.  Rainer Hersch appears on stage with an classical orchestra (minimum 8) corrupting the great works of classical music with hilarious results.   The pieces they play are recognised by everyone, whether or not they know anything about music, from The William Tell Overture to Land of Hope and Glory.   A popular highlight is when Rainer uses members of the audience to participate in a conducting competition.  Rainer can either work with his own musicians or rehearse and perform with local professionals.  A typical set is 30-45 minutes. As an added service, Rainer and the orchestra can play light dinner music before or after the comedy performance.

An excerpt of Rainer and his orchestra at a corporate event:



Keynote SPEAKER (UP To 90 MinS)

Rainer presents an engaging, structured module called "Peak Performance" - what can business learn from a symphony orchestra. He uses comedy, a PowerPoint presentation and plenty of musical examples to discuss the question of leadership as applied by a conductor. Starting simply on the theme ‘what the hell does a conductor actually do?’ Rainer goes on to touch on specific leadership challenges:

  • Communication; Building trust; Teamwork; Working in collaboration; Encouraging passion and commitment; Creating and communicationg a vision; Defining values; Leadership styles; Making best use of available resources; Managing the process of change; Guarding and enhancing the a reputation.

"Thank you Rainer for delivering such a successful event. Your talk on the conductor as leader was first class - accessible to all of our staff, from cleaners to senior managers, and relevant and enjoyable. Everybody took something away from the event that they can use in their daily work. The orchestra were astonishingly good and added to the occasion. The staff really enjoyed experiencing classical music up close, which surprised many of them. You were such good fun. We have been running the annual staff conference for a few years now, and this is the first time that our staff gave a standing ovation to a keynote speaker. Highly recommended."
Linda McCanna, General Manager, Accommodation Essex (Annual Staff Conference April 2015)


“Hugely entertaining and kept everyone engaged after a long day of presentations and information sessions. Rainer combines music and comedy with some very original perspectives on leadership and motivation. Quite unique!”
Jane Foster, Coporate Relations Manager, Lancaster University Management School (The Work Foundation, November 2014)


“The mix of comedy and classical music was hugely entertaining and the auditorium was filled with laughter from start to finish. Our delegates not only had a brilliant time but they also left with fascinating insights on what conductors do as well as key takeaways on leadership and motivational techniques for teams.”
Johanna Reder. Head of Marketing and Communications, Essensys (30 Euston Square, October 2014)


"Rainer was funny, professional and his presentation was thought provoking whilst entertaining. There was a well-balanced amount of audience interaction and musical entertainment that provided the perfect backdrop to our Corporate Strategy Day. We would definitely recommend."
Head of Corporate Buying. An international food retailer (Belfry Hotel, December 2013)


Available with or without orchestra of eight musicians.





Rainer is a highly successful stand-up comedian who has often closed the show at the famous Comedy Store in London.   He applies all this experience and material to full effect for your event. If required to perform a comedy set - on stage he uses a keyboard, microphone and, if available, PowerPoint facilities to produce entertainment which is both funny and classy.  The music he plays is immediately recognizable.  Highlights include when Rainer illustrates how classical composers stole their best ideas from adverts on the television and shows the audience what they are really singing in opera.  A typical set is 15 – 30 minutes.

Click here for a short video extract

To hear a short audio selection click here: 
[ Mozart-ABBA ] MP3 - 89KB

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(Also see under Keyote Speaker, above) Rainer has performed at awards ceremonies, dinners, receptions in locations ranging from the Tower of London to the Villa Rothschild, Monte Carlo.  These are some of the comments he has received:

"A fun, interactive session – perfect for flagging brains at the end of a day. Under Hersch’s guidance, his conducting clear and expressive, a tuneless rendition of Happy Birthday became something subtle and, by the end, rousing."
Matt Trueman, Journalist for the TMA UK (November 2015)

"Bloody brilliant! The standard of the party entertainment matched that of the whole event and was pitched perfectly for our
audience of mixed roles and responsibilities and we all stood at the end begging for more! Real professional talent but in a totally fun and unpretentious format – it lifted all our spirits and made us laugh together. Pure genius."

Mark Aitchison, Managing Director, Frontier Agriculture (Three, one-hour performances, Newport Wales, March 2015)

"Brilliant! It was a pity that timings meant that we could only have 15 minutes of Rainer and his orchestra."
Justin Stanton, Road Transport Media (Grosvenor House Hotel, July 2013)

"Rainer, Standing ovations are something that our Nemo conference only gives once ever few years but the one received on Saturday night, couldn’t have been more deserving to you & your orchestra. We had a wide age group to please & undoubtedly your brand/style of entertainment engages with your audience to ensure everyone goes away feeling good. Congratulations & very much appreciated."
Adrian Wallis CEO Nemo (De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton, June 09)

"Thank you so much for putting on a fantastic performance last night and helping to make the Farmers Weekly Awards such a great success. The audience loved you and you really put them into a party mood that lasted all evening".
Debbie Beaton, Project Development Manager, Farmers Weekly Group. (Grosvenor House Hotel, London, October 08)

"Rainer was great. There was loads of positive feedback."
Direct Marketing Association (Royal Opera House, London, June 08)

“Rainer, thank you so, so much for last night.  You and the team went down an absolute storm.  You have been the talk of the town today”.
Sarah Brooker, Event Manager, Incisive Media PLC. (Monte Carlo, July 07)

“Your performance with orchestra was the highlight of the evening”.
Marcia E Griffiths, Events Executive, AXA (Barbican, London, January 06)

“Congratulations on a truly excellent contribution to the conference which fitted our Russian/German theme perfectly”.
Charlotte Kirk, Unilever (Leeds, March 05)

“Thank you, Rainer, we all really enjoyed the show at the Hilton Hotel”
Bryony Stentiford, Event and Incentive Coordinator, Canon Business Solutions (Brussels, Jan 05)


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For all engagements - national and international (except Germany) use the details below. All enquiries receive a same day, personal reply. For engagements in Germany, see the German page.

Masterpiece Entertainment Ltd
Re: Rainer Hersch

PO Box 32307
W5 3YF



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