BSO concerts don't normally come with an advance warning.

So it was a little surprising to see an illuminated electronic message right outside the hall at the Lighthouse ahead of the traditional New Year's Day Johann Strauss Gala.

It read: "Please note there will be special effects during the show including pyrotechnics, flashing lights, haze and latex balloons."

Embarrassingly it took me a good few minutes to realise that this was for the Dick Whittington panto next door - and not a couple of hours in Imperial Vienna.

And indeed why should it have been?

Whether in the Austrian capital or in Poole, the annual festival of Wiener Blut (Viennese Spirit) is always overflowing with fizz, effervescence and exuberance. It doesn't need any extra help.

This year was no exception and it was never going to be with the very enthusiastic conductor Thomas Rosner in charge - he was born in and studied in Vienna and is clearly imbued with its musical tradition.

He oversaw almost two and half hours that fairly waltzed, marched and galloped along with the help of a few polkas and a czardas.

The concert opened in rousing fashion with the overture from The Merry Wives of Windsor by Otto Nicolai, one of the founder of the Vienna Philharmonic.

There followed a wonderful afternoon courtesy of various members of the Strauss family (mainly Johann 2) and friends.

The pieces included An Artist's Life, Music of the Spheres, A Night in Venice, Bandit's Gallop and of course The Blue Danube.

The concert ended with the hand clapping Radetsky March - in an encore that also included the absolutely delightful Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn with Meine Lippen sie Kussen so Heisse - or hot lips for short.

Earlier she sang a number of other pieces including the wonderful Adele's Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus.

Now if that doesn't put a smile on your face.....