Good Morning Britain Presenter Charlotte Hawkins is hosting a cinema event around Andre Rieu’s first ever New Year’s concert. Filmed in Sydney last NYE, specifically for the big screen, the concert is being screened in cinemas worldwide. This event follows Andre’s 2018 Maastricht shows which were broadcast in cinemas in July last year, becoming the top grossing concert event cinema release of all time, writes Laura Burgoine…
“The concert in Maastricht was in an outdoor square and it’s a celebration of the waltz with sopranos and an orchestra; it’s guaranteed to be a very special performance,” Charlotte told the Weekender. “Andre is magnificent. It’s the way he brings the show to life. It’s so entertaining and light hearted.”
Recorded at Sydney’s Town Hall, the iconic violinist was joined by his beloved Johann Strauss Orchestra, with whom he has performed with for over 31 years. Bringing the music alive and enthralling fans were 160 dancers, all captured in HD for the big screen with over 18 cameras. The maestro also welcomed his world class Sopranos, the Platin Tenors as part of the concert.
The cinema screening is the next best thing to seeing the musician live, Charlotte said. “For those people who can’t get there, it’s a chance to see him in the cinema. We do our best to bring it to life for people; you’ve got the best seat in your house on your doorstep.”
“It’s a great chance for people who haven’t seen him to get that live experience,” the presenter continued. “We know people in cinemas are getting up and dancing. We have waltz tutorial visuals on the screen.”
Andre’s track record is proven, Charlotte said. “Whenever Andre does this, he breaks records. New Year’s in Sydney was amazing. I’ve worked with him since 2011.”
“You see it all up close on the big screen. It’s a great view, great sound quality. They asked me to come do the first concert and I absolutely loved it. And I’ve been invited back every year since.”
Charlotte describes the team as like a family. “They’re so welcoming. We tour round together and I know them all and love them all. It’s really lovely to go back and catch up,” she said.
Andre spends most of the year traveling and touring. “His show is a well-oiled machine,” she said. “Andre is very passionate about what he does. I’ve seen him in rehearsals with the orchestra. He’s a perfectionist. He gets them to play over and over again so everyone is at the top of their game.”
An Andre Rieu concert promises “the whole experience,” Charlotte said. “He’s so great with the audience. They adore him; he holds them in the palm of their hands and people go back year after year.”
André Rieu’s Shall We Dance is at the Odeon Greenwich, Bugsby’s Way, SE10 0QJ, on July 27 and 28 at 7pm.
Main photo: Marcel van Hoorn.