Roubi L’Roubi

On December 13th, Roubi L’Roubi is hosting an evening of baroque music and champagne. The concert will feature soprano Anna-Maria Rincon, Laurence Cummings and Adrian Butterfield of the London Handel Orchestra and Rachel Brown on flute. Also on the programme are flautist Jane Gilbert and poet Deanna Moss.

The concert will be held at St Ethelburga’s, 78, Bishopsgate, London ec2n 4ag (see map)

Tickets are £ 65 – contact : roubi@roubi.eu

 

ROUBI L’ROUBI – MODERN BOHEMIAN by Angie Macdonald

On December 13th, Roubi L’Roubi is hosting an evening of baroque music and champagne. The concert will feature soprano Anna-Maria Rincon, Laurence Cummings and Adrian Butterfield of the London Handel Orchestra and Rachel Brown on flute. Also on the programme are flautist Jane Gilbert and poet Deanna Moss.

What is now an annual event started quite by chance four years ago. Roubi was having a conversation with soprano Claire Rutter and baritone George Mosley about his father’s love for opera. This resulted in a recital for Roubi’s father’s 70th birthday, which was held at Roubi’s Kensington house with an audience of about twenty people and so Roubi ‘s salon was born.

After the success of the first event, Roubi began organising recitals each season with performers drawn from his circle of professional musician friends. Guests were invited to attend and all proceeds were donated to charities like UNICEF and the NSPCC.

This year the highlight of the concert is Anna-Maria Rincon. Roubi describes her as “the most amazing soprano” with a “wonderful voice”. This will be the first year the concert is not performed in Roubi’s home as he recently sold his house and moved to separate studio and living premises in the City of London. Although it is being held in a church, Roubi is intent on recreating the intimacy of a salon.

At the time of our interview, Roubi was about to start designing the dresses for Anna-Maria Rincon and Rachel Brown. His source of inspiration is a book by Professor Aileen Ribeiro entitled “Dress in 18th Century Europe” in which he had come across a mention of ‘Spitalfields silk’. As Roubi’s new studio is now a stone’s throw away from Spitalfields market, he wanted to try and establish a connection between the old and the new, so it is highly likely the dresses will be made from silk fabric. But as to the actual design – “It’s very difficult to say what it’s going to look like – it just evolves.”

As Roubi talks about this connection between the historical and modern Spitalfields, I am struck by how much his life is about connection – connecting with people, connecting people with each other, and most importantly for him, “the whole connection between music and haute couture design is magical – it just works.”

“I find Baroque music fascinating,” he says. “At that time music was all about power, propaganda and control, especially in the French courts.”

What Roubi loves about the music is the “strictness” of it. In the same way, his clothes are structured, made to measure and custom-fitted with extreme attention to detail and finish. Just as each piece of music is unique, so are Roubi’s garments, with no two gowns the same. He may deviate a little in his designs, but essentially he prefers “the classic approach”. In the same way that we appreciate themes in music and repeated refrains, so “people like something familiar, something that’s welcoming in clothes design,” he says.

“Fashion and music are both worlds that fascinate people. This concert represents a collaboration between the two.” With people coming from as far as Switzerland and Morocco to attend the concert, the evening presents “amazing networking possibilities”.

Roubi sums it up perfectly when he says, “Music brings different people together.”

For more details about the concert and how to make a reservation, visit the coming events page for December of Roubi L’Roubi.

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