André Rieu gives three Christmas concerts in December at the MECC in Maastricht. He did that in England for the past eight years, but it came to an abrupt end. The seventy-year-old violinist no longer wanted to collaborate with the London organization agency that kept him and his orchestra performing in an ice-cold hall. Rieu tells that at De Tele graaf on Saturday.

"We were forced to flee because we were literally left out in the cold. With this we created our own Brexit. The organization worked against us continuously. In recent years, we had to give our concerts in an ice-cold hall. So the winter feeling became very literal served on a silver platter ", says Rieu.

According to the violinist, the thermostat was turned down without any consultation: "As a result, the orchestra members had problems with the instruments. Moreover, they sat on the stage with numb fingers and chattering teeth. The audience also complained stone and leg. It was no longer A conversation with the room managers did not help. I then decided to pull the plug after eight years. "

Rieu found an alternative in the MECC, located in his hometown of Maastricht. The series of Christmas concerts takes place there on December 20, 21 and 22.