From Yehudi Menuhin, Cab Calloway and Montserrat Caballé to Victor Borge, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Bolshoi Ballet, Raymond Gubbay has worked with the greats over the last six decades.
Starting off aged 20 in 1966 with £50 borrowed from his father, the theatrical impresario became synonymous with venues including the Barbican, the Southbank Centre and the Royal Albert Hall, including his famous Christmas series.
Now ‘sort of’ retired, he joins barrister and broadcaster Rob Rinder to discuss his life and memoir Lowering The Tone & Raising The Roof.
Raymond Gubbay is an impresario who has played a hand in promoting and producing opera, ballet and classical music for over 50 years, having worked alongside some of the most prestigious classical artists of our time. In 1966 he founded Raymond Gubbay Ltd, an institution recognised as being at the forefront of the performing arts industry, which has since began to present well over 500 performances each year, including spectacular productions of the world’s most famous ballets, such as Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
Robert Rinder is a professional barrister, who gained a First Class Honours degree at the University of Manchester in Politics & Modern History. He went onto specialise in international fraud, money laundering and other forms of financial crime. Robert is best known for his ITV1 British reality court show Judge Rinder, which sees real life cases adjudicated over in a studio courtroom. He also presents Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories which is now in its third series and lifts the lid on some of Britain’s worst ever crimes. In 2017, Robert also re-launched Crown Court on ITV1, newly named Judge Rinder’s Crown Court after a 30-year hiatus. Rob also released his own book Rinder Rules in 2014 which successfully highlights a simple guide to making the law work for you – whoever you are! He is a columnist for The Sun and the London Evening Standard. In 2019 Rob began hosting the new Channel 4 show The Rob Rinder Verdict.