Max Reinhardt Biography

Published on January 1st, 2012

Max Reinhardt is one of contemporary music’s most charming dilettantes. Check him out on BBC Radio 3 where he’s a regular presenter of Late Junction, that renowned  3 times a week voyage into uncharted waters . He has been known to crop up on the BBC World Service intermittently, also as music consultant/co-scriptwriter on Radio 2’s South African music series Freedom Sounds, and then there was the Radio 4 documentary on his music theatre installation ‘Ketubah’. Most recently he and Rita Ray have  been music consultants on Jonathan Dimbleby’s South American Journey series.

Max is musical director/composer at the ‘Oily Cart‘. Established in 1981, Oily Cart works entirely with children, many with complex disabilities, and often in special schools.

“Where Oily Cart has gone before, mainstream theatre for adults often follows a couple of years later.” (Lyn Gardner, in The Guardian.)

Max also curates and often performs as musician and DJ at ‘Radio Gagarin’, a regular London–based club night come mini-festival currently based at Rich Mix. Dedicated to music from throughout the former Eastern Bloc, Radio Gagarin has featured acts including Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz and Fatima Spar and her Freedom Fries.

Pictures of Max:

Highlife Times Vol. 2:

Highlife Time Vol 2: Nigerian and Ghanaian Classics from the Golden Years was released by Vampisoul Records in May 2011. Sequenced and selected by the Shrine’s Max Reinhardt and Rita Ray,  it features gloriously funky inna highlife style tunes by Guy Warren of Ghana (Khofi Ghanaba), Celestine Ukwu, E T Mensah, Dr Victor Olaiya, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Prince Nico, Professional Uhuru Band and Bobby Benson. Click here to buy a copy.

Max at Latitude Festival:



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