Just in: Andre Rieu rushes to rescue a disability orchestra

Just in: Andre Rieu rushes to rescue a disability orchestra


norman lebrecht

June 14, 2019

The entrepreneurial Dutch violinist read in his morning paper that a thief had stolen the truck containing the instruments of an orchestra of musicians with mental disability. The musicians had put their savings of 20,000 Euros into buying the truck and they had nothing to play on at tonight’s concert.

Rieu, we hear, responded with instant cash for new instruments.

He said: ‘My heart broke when I read on the Telegraaf website that this group of musicians had been robbed of all their instruments. I want them to be able to perform again very soon. That’s why I am helping, so that they will be as soon as possible 100% “Happy with Music” again. I would like to give them back the joy which was taken away from them.’

Good man.


  • John Rook says:

    Give that man a medal. Again.

  • Phillip Ayling says:

    What a fine gesture.

  • V.Lind says:

    Very decent.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Some of his music may be schlock, but the man is a class act.

  • Tiredofitall says:

    This is not the first gesture of generosity I’ve heard of from Andre Rieu. What a fine human being.

  • kundry says:

    A beautiful gesture and it is not the first time he helps in such situations. Congratulations!

  • Greg Bottini says:

    I’ve always enjoyed him as a musician.
    Now I respect and admire him as a great human being.

  • anon says:

    I enjoy a lot of his work. His Stehgeiger concept is so much more authentic for Strauss waltzes than pompous, nationalistic New Years concerts, made all the more troubling in a country where a quasi-neo-nazi party is a major member of the ruling coalition.

  • Nick says:

    A great guy! And apparently, not only on stage! Bravo!

  • Esther Cavett says:

    God bless him. A heart-warming story, for once.
    Thanks for sharing