André Rieu cancels UK shows after orchestra member's heart attack

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 December 2016
André Rieu

André Rieu

André Rieu has postponed his UK arena shows this December after a member of his orchestra was taken ill

André Rieu was forced to cancel the remaining dates of his December UK arena tour after a member of his orchestra had a heart attack.

The 67-year-old classical musician will no longer be performing in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow as he didn't feel it would be right to continue with the shows without the unnamed member, who took ill on Saturday (17.12.16) and remains in a critical condition, as they've never not performed all together in the 25 years they've being touring the world.

In a statement issued to BANG Showbiz, André said: "It is with deep regret that I have decided to also postpone my concerts in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. This should have been the most wonderful time of the year, and we were looking forward to bringing joy and happiness to all of you, our beloved audience. But many of my orchestra members have been with me for more than 25 years.

"We are a family. We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and it is impossible for us to continue our tour as planned. Thank you all so much for your understanding in this difficult moment. Our hearts and thoughts are now with our colleague and his family."

The Dutch violinist and conductor has vowed to reschedule the shows, which included two nights at London's at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Monday (19.12.16) and Tuesday (20.12.16) night, as soon as possible.

André Rieu's cancelled tour dates are as follows:

Monday December 19 and Tuesday December 20 at The SSE Arena, Wembley

Wednesday December 21 at The Genting Arena, Birmingham

Thursday December 22 at The Manchester Arena

Friday December 23 at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow


1. Bill Fortune20 Dec 2016, 2:05am Report

We may not be a family member, but I'm sure there are millions of us that feel a close connection to all the members of the orchestra and are concerned and interested in which one of our friends is not well. For now all we can say is that we are thinking of you and wish you a complete recovery.

2. Karin Cousins20 Dec 2016, 11:18am Report

I am very sorry about the illness of the member of the Rieu Orchestra. Looked forward to the venue in Birmingham.

3. yona dreifuss24 Dec 2016, 5:15pm Report

As fans of andre rieu who have come to London from far away only for this performance, we were shocked to hear about the cancelling of the performance. We wish your member of the orchestra a speed recovery. May our dream to watch this performance come true when one day you come to Tel Aviv.

4. Joan Seaton24 Dec 2016, 7:53pm Report

I am truly saddened to hear of the death of the member of the orchestra. We had attended the concert the night before he was taken ill,was overwhelmed by the wonderful concert. Please express our deepest sympathy to everyone. Joan

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