Why us

Boisdale Entertainment is the one stop shop for all your entertainment requirements whether it be a live music for a private party, an after dinner speaker or comedian for a formal dinner or indeed an iconic rock band to sell out a stadium. Boisdale Entertainment was founded on the concept of providing a unique entertainment service based upon completely understanding customer aspirations and how to deliver ultimate satisfaction. The team collectively has served over 100 years of hard time in the entertainment industry, ranging from putting on cool jazz bands for hot summer nights to world tours for global icons. Rarely if ever before has such a complete offering of ability and experience been assembled.


  • Michael Gelardi

  • Managing Director of Boisdale Entertainment

Michael Gelardi started his professional life as a musician, following which, having taken an honours degree course in business studies, he founded an international music and entertainment consultancy to the hotel and leisure industries, servicing such companies as Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, Southern Sun and Forte Hotels. His consultancy business was acquired by the Forte Hotel and Leisure Group in 1978 and for 18 years he headed Grosvenor Productions, the music, entertainment and production division of the Forte Group, which he developed into one of the largest entertainment companies in Europe. Michael has been a well known and respected name in the entertainment for some three decades and in his career he has produced countless shows and live events throughout the world, including corporate events, concerts, cabaret shows and festivals, as well as working with numerous major international artistes from Sammy Davis Jr. and Bob Hope to Jools Holland and Take That.

  • Ranald Macdonald

  • Director of Boisdale Entertainment

Considered to be one of Londonís leading restaurateurs, Ranald Macdonald has created a Scottish dining and live jazz empire in London. The first restaurant Boisdale of Belgravia opened in 1988 with the expansion of the business in 2002 with the launch of Boisdale of Bishopsgate. Ranald saw space in the City for a restaurant that reflected the eclectic atmosphere of Boisdale of Belgravia. The Lamb at Hindon, nestled in a quiet Wiltshire village, followed shortly after offering all the charms expected of Boisdale, as well as a number of individually decorated bedrooms. Boisdale of Canary Wharf, the largest restaurant in the group, opened in May 2011. The flagship restaurant is not only the latest and greatest venue for life jazz, blues and soul in London, but also boasts a 400-cover restaurant where guests can enjoy music every evening. Following the successful launch, Ranald was nominated for Tatler Magazineís Restaurateur of the Year award. Ranald is a keen mushroom forager and former butterfly and moth collector. He is an accomplished guitar player and songwriter, as well as an avid Elvis Presley fan, so much so that he recently traced Elvisís roots to find that the singerís grandmother was a member of the Macdonald clan.

  • Peter Brightman

  • CEO of International Entertainment Corporation / Associate Producer to Boisdale Entertainment

Peter is one of the leading producers in the world today - Artists he had the great privilege to contract, produce or facilitate for clients in 25 countries around the world have included: Bon Jovi, Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, Shakira, Beyonce, Pink, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, The Three Tenors: Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Black Eyed Peas, Sting, Billy Joel, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Phil Collins, REM, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Mika, Deep Purple, Enrique Iglesias, Timbaland, The Who, Bryan Adams, Tony Bennett, Arcade Fire, Bryan Ferry, The Scorpions, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, Tom Waits, Santana, IL DIVO, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Musicals: CATS, West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Zorro, Disney's High School Musical & Stomp to companies such as the Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet & Opera, Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet & Opera, English National Opera, Moscow Classical Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Royal National Theatre, Fire of Anatolia and many others. These artists have been presented for our clients at venues such as: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - Metropolitan Opera House, New York - Kennedy Center, Washington DC - Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow - Mariinsky Theatre, St.Petersburg - London Coliseum - New York State Theatre - Beiteddine Festival, Lebanon - Izmir Festival, Ephesus - Asian Olympic Games, Qatar - Meydan Race Course, Dubai - Doha Cultural & Arts Festival - Casino du Liban, Lebanon - Sheikh Zayeed Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Olympiski Arena & Kremlin Palace, Moscow - Palace of Catherine the Great, St. Petersburg - Kiev Opera House - Olympic Stadium, Kiev - Olympic Stadium, Herodes Atticus, Athens - Halifax Commons, Nova Scotia, Quebec City 400th Anniversary, Plains of Abraham - Glasgow Year of Culture - Bristol City FC - Ipswich Town FC - Aberdeen FC, Norwich City FC, Leeds United FC, Dubai Palladium, BIEL, Beirut - Old Fairground, Damascus - Barcelona Convention Centre - Peralada Festival, Spain, Moscow Arts Theatre, Tripoli, Libya - Wang Centre, Boston - Pantageous Theatre, Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Qatar Islamic Museum of Art. Specialties Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Corporate & Private Events, Concerts in Football and Sports Stadiums/Arenas, Festivals and wherever a major event requires the finest artists, production and event management.

  • Geoff Todd

  • Boisdale Entertainment Associate

Geoff during his spare time as a child attended various music schools and was trained in piano, violin and French horn. He also played in several bands and orchestras. He studied hospitality at college and gained experience in high profile establishments such as The Royal Household - Buckingham palace and Boodles Club in St. James. While at college and still only 20 he set up a private members club, and started putting on events, live bands and DJ led club nights. He also often put on many parties, revues and shows in grand hotels and even on the piers of the south coast of England. On leaving college he joined The Royal Fleet as an officer and enjoyed putting on social events around the world for the fleet. On his return to dry land Geoff has worked at many high profile venues and has run many bars, restaurants and clubs. In more recent times Geoff ran Alphabet Group, operating several venues in London. He was honoured to be appointed General Manager of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and was instrumental in organising the Clubs 50th anniversary celebrations. He then joined forces with Ranald Macdonald and was on the opening team of Boisdale Canary Wharf. Geoff is now one of the senior team that help set up and reopen The Hippodrome in London. He continues to feed his passion for music, entertainment and good hospitality and has the pleasure of putting on up to 10 shows per week. His experience of both managing venues and promoting music and entertainment gives him a unique business perspective on what keeps the guests happy and how to make an event/party a real success.