our work – Gorby 80

Celebrating greatness at the Albert Hall

Services: Event interpreting

Industries: Marketing and PR

Gorby 80 was the organisational team behind the 80th birthday celebrations for the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.

Based in Moscow, the team were planning a star-studded gala at London’s Royal Albert Hall to be attended by an illustrious guestlist of well-known Russian and Hollywood personalities, with entertainment from the London Symphony Orchestra and celebrated musical stars.

Exacting event requirements

The Gorby 80 team required simultaneous Russian and French interpreters for the evening, capable of translating speech as it was spoken for attendees. There was also a need to supply 400 headsets for members of the audience to receive translations, all to strict technical broadcast specifications to ensure the event would be properly archived and catalogued for future generations.

The Gorby 80 team required simultaneous Russian and French interpreters for the gala evening, capable of translating speech as it was spoken for attendees.

Our expertise

Guildhawk provided our expert language professionals for the evening, all with the requisite event experience and capability to deliver under pressure. For the headsets, meanwhile, we liaised with the venue team to determine the correct interpretation, radio transmission systems and receivers were in place. We organised a team of technicians to install and operate our equipment, taking full responsibility for its seamless operation.

With no room for error, we are delighted to report that the event was an unbridled success. The Gorby 80 team in Moscow were enthusiastic in their thanks, the event’s distinguished attendees enjoyed the festivities and it was a wonderful celebration of the guest of honour.