André Rieu Appears Before Queen Elizabeth

BLACKPOOL, England, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - Along with Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé and Mika, André Rieu performed in The Royal Variety Performance. With his appearance before as many as 12 million viewers, Rieu has firmly established himself in England.

The Royal Variety Performance is an annual gala evening, which, ever since it was established in 1912, is traditionally attended by members of the British Royal Family. Consequently, Rieu had the opportunity to perform in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip. The event was held in The Opera House Theatre in Blackpool.

The Royal Variety Performance is an evening full of entertainment, with performances by popular artists. Rieu therefore shared the stage with artists such as Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Katherine Jenkins, Anastacia, Michael Bublé, Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Mika and the cast of Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg. The popular English comedian Peter Kay was the host.

Michael Bublé, Whoopi Goldberg and Queen Elizabeth spoke well about Rieu's performance. "I enjoyed his performance a lot and have told André that I will come to see his show in New York in June." Whoopi Goldberg said.

"A performance for the Queen of England and having the opportunity to share the stage with such great stars in front of more than 12 million viewers, which is an enormous honour. This is a new milestone in my career!" said Rieu, who had the opportunity to talk to Queen Elizabeth; "I shook her hand and spoke to her shortly. She was very friendly and told me that she enjoyed the beautiful melodies a lot".

On December 16, The Royal Variety Performance will be broadcast on British TV and will draw an estimated 12 million viewers. In June, November and December 2010, André Rieu will be touring through the United States and Canada with his orchestra.


    18 Jun 2010  Long Island, NY       Nassau Coliseum
    19 Jun 2010  Atlantic City, NJ     Boardwalk Hall
    20 Jun 2010  Baltimore, MD         1st Mariner Arena
    21 Jun 2010  Wilkes-Barre, PA      Wachovia Arena
    22 Jun 2010  Wallingford, CT       Chevrolet Theater
    23 Jun 2010  Boston, MA            Agganis Arena
    25 Jun 2010  Montréal, QC          Bell Centre
    26 Jun 2010  Toronto, ON           Air Canada Centre
    27 Jun 2010  Detroit, MI           Fox Theatre
    28 Jun 2010  Chicago, IL           AllState Arena
    29 Nov 2010  Phoenix, AZ  Arena
    30 Nov 2010  Las Vegas, NV         Orleans Arena
    01 Dec 2010  San Diego, CA         San Diego Sports Arena
    02 Dec 2010  San Bernardino, CA    Citizens Business Bank Arena
    03 Dec 2010  Los Angeles, CA       NOKIA Theatre LA Live
    04 Dec 2010  San Jose, CA          HP Pavillion
    06 Dec 2010  Seattle,              WA Key Arena
    07 Dec 2010  Vancouver, BC         General Motors Place
    09 Dec 2010  Ft Lauderdale, FL     Bank Atlantic Centre
    10 Dec 2010  Tampa, FL             St Pete Times Forum
    11 Dec 2010  Orlando, FL           Amway Center


For further information: For further information: Marthijn Graafland, André Rieu Productions, Chrysler Building suite 2612, 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, 10174, Phone: (212) 907-6573, Email:; For more information and high-resolution photos, visit:

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