Posted by: travelrat | July 26, 2011

Live from Maastricht

Bath: 24th July 2011.

As regular readers know, last year, we went to André Rieu’s Homecoming Concert, in Maastricht. We couldn’t go this year, owing to another commitment. But, thanks to an organisation called Cinema Live ( ) we were able to see it more or less as it happened.

What they do is transmit concerts and events live via satellite to cinemas throughout the world. The nearest one to us was the delightfully compact Little Theatre cinema in Bath. Now, at this time of year, Bath is absolutely crowded with tourists. Not that Maastricht was deserted last year, but there, the visitors seemed to have a sense of purpose, rather than shambling round aimlessly, peering at exactly the same shops they probably have at home.

I don’t think the concert was, actually, ‘live’ … but, if it wasn’t, it was recorded fairly recently. The first clue was that André seemed to introduce each number in English. Last year, as might be expected from a Dutchman addressing a Dutch audience, he spoke in Dutch. So, had it been pre-recorded, or was someone doing some really good real-time dubbing?

The second clue came as night fell … surely, it doesn’t get dark so early in Maastricht? Tantalisingly, the clock on St. Servatius was just out of focus … was this deliberate?

These things aside, there were various points for and against it being ‘just like being there’


There were far fewer people … the cinema was only about a quarter full

They didn’t confiscate the caps of our water bottles, as they did earlier this year at the O2 Arena.

The announcements were in English (I was expecting sub-titles at best)

We got close-ups and distant shots that just wouldn’t have been possible if we’d actually been there (although these are on the DVD we usually buy afterwards)

The seats were much more comfortable.


Bath is not really the place I want to visit at this time of year.

No river cruise, or visit to the caves beforehand.

It cost nearly a tenner to park the car.

No chicken shashlick

However, we did enjoy the concert, but agreed it wasn’t quite like actually being there although it fell short by only the tiniest margin. Maybe if, sometime, they did it in 3D?





  1. Hi Keith,
    It really looks like a quaint little theater. Personally I feel as long as you enjoyed it, it was worth it, at least you now know what to expect if you decide to go down this path again.

    I love 3D, it certainly would be worth it in 3D, I even go to see the kids movies when they are in 3D, the new technology involved in the making of these movies is fantastic. The only ones I haven’t liked and do not bother going to watch, is older movies turned into 3D, they are not the same, as the ones that are actually shot in 3D mode.

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