André Rieu postpones UK arena tour due to orchestral member suffering heart attack

The critically ill musician has performed with Rieu’s Johann Strauss Orchestra for over 20 years

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Dutch violinist André Rieu has postponed the remainder of his UK arena tour due to a member of his Johann Strauss Orchestra suffering a heart attack.

Rieu initially postponed his Nottingham show on Saturday when the  musician, who has performed with the orchestra for more than 20 years, fell ill. He has now postponed further dates today and tomorrow at London’s Wembley Arena, in Birmingham on 21 December, in Manchester on 22 December and in Glasgow on 23 December. The orchestral member remains in a critical condition.

Rieu has issued the following statement:

‘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.’

Rescheduled dates are expected to be announced soon, and full refunds will be offered to those customers unable to attend the new performances.