April Fool’s Day Gala with Rainer Hersch

April Fool’s Day Gala with Rainer Hersch

In aid of Help Musicians UK

Saturday 1 April 2023, 19:30

Past Event
April Fool’s Day Gala with Rainer Hersch Past Event


BBC Radio 4 The Shipping Forecast (orchestrated)
Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 (in 5 minutes)
Bizet Toreador Song from Carmen
Ravel Bolero
Earl Okin Original Songs
Rossini The Italian Girl after some Beers (Overture)
Rossini Largo al factotum (‘translated’)
Saint-Saëns The Swan
Vivaldi Concerto for vibraphone
Wagner Ride of the Valkyries
…and more. Much, more!

(please note, programme subject to change)


Rainer Hersch conductor/host
Evelyn Glennie percussion
Zeb Soanes narrator
Earl Okin jazz comedian
James Oldfield bass-baritone
The Rainer Hersch Orkestra

(please note, performers subject to change)

A host of stars come together for this unique concert of April Fool’s jokes and hoaxes in support of Help Musicians UK (formerly The Musicians Benevolent Fund).

Led by ‘the world’s first classical music hooligan’ (The Sun) Rainer Hersch, the voice of Classic FM Zeb Soanes takes on an orchestrated Shipping Forecast, and Evelyn Glennie murders The Swan.

There is hilarious help and support from the King of the comedy bossa nova Earl Okin, plus singing maestro James Oldfield – all in all ‘the funniest concert you’ll ever see’ (Time Out) and ‘a guaranteed laugh every four bars’ (The Scotsman).

‘Hoffnung for a new generation’ (Daily Telegraph)

‘Classical music comedy at its best’ (BBC Radio 4)

Ticket Information

£49.50, £39.50, £25, £19.50

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