An exciting programme and a brilliant soloist – the New Year’s Eve concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle has all the ingredients to put the audience in a party mood as a rousing start to a festive New Year's Eve. Star guest Anne-Sophie Mutter will shine with Camille Saint-Saëns’s thrilling piece Introduction et Rondo capriccioso and Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, a highly virtuoso rhapsody for violin and orchestra in which the French composer follows Niccolò Paganini’s virtuoso pieces for violin, striking a folkloristic tone by using the so-called “gypsy scale”. The rest of the programme is full of esprit and devoted to dance: Orchestral pieces and dances from French operas and ballets by Emmanuel Chabrier, Jules Massenet and Francis Poulenc, before ending with Ravel’s rapidly undulating La Valse.

Don’t miss it!

The Berliner Philharmoniker New Year’s Eve concerts are hugely popular and the tickets sell out very quickly. However, even if you are not able to get a ticket, you can still watch the concert live: in a cinema near you and the Digital Concert Hall at 5.30 p.m.