Music and laughter at this Strauss Gala

Johann Strauss Gala''Photo by Annabel Moeller
Johann Strauss Gala''Photo by Annabel Moeller

There will be an evening of music, laughter and dance when Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall hosts a Johann Strauss Gala to kick off the new year in style on January 3.

Tickets to see the event are now available.

Imagine a ballroom, the guests have arrived and the celebration is about to begin…. The candelabra twinkle, the conductor taps his baton, the dancers take their partners and the orchestra plays a sparkling assortment of much-loved music.

This is Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala, the show that has enchanted audiences across the UK and Ireland for 40 years with its whirls and twirls, billowing gowns and graceful elegance.

Irrepressible showman Rainer Hersch guides you, with a dash of comedy, through this frolicking show filled with music, laughter and dance.

It includes such classic Strauss family favourites such as The Blue Danube Waltz, Radetzky Waltz, Emperor Waltz, Thunder and Lighning Polka, Laughing Song and Roses From The South Waltz, plus many more popular waltzes and polkas.

The concert will also features the talents of the sparkling soprano soloist Kristy Swift, plus the Johann Strauss Dancers in the glorious costumes of the period, not to mention the Johann Strauss Orchestra.

The concert starts at 3pm on Saturday, January 3.

Call the box office for more details on 0115 9895555.

n The Sunday Morning Piano Series, now in its fifth year, returns to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall later this year.

Pianists appearing in the 2014-15 series are to include British music specialist Mark Bebbington, Hungarian virtuoso Dénes Várjon, and the phenomenal Chinese pianist Ji Liu who, in addition to getting a number 1 album in the Classic FM Chart, also breakdances to improve his physical strength.

The first recital in the season will take place on Sunday, October 19, when the guest performer, from 11am, will be Anna Federova.

The programme in her recital will feature works by Beethoven, Chopin, Medtner and Rachmaninov.

Neil Bennison, music programme manager for the Royal Concert Hall, explained: “When we started out, we weren’t sure whether it would build a big enough audience to be sustainable.

“But the reputation of the series has grown in the same way that the audiences have and now I’m getting many more approaches to take part in the series than I can fit in.”

Those champing at the bit to book for the new season are now able to do so, on0115 989 5555 or at