Photographer's Note

Another trawl through the archives has revealed some photographs from a delightful little TE meeting in Derbyshire in June, 2014 and here is a shot of the delightful opera house in the spa town of Buxton where we met.

Buxton Opera House was built in 1903 and designed by Frank Matcham, one of Britain's finest theatre architects, who also designed two famous London theatres: the London Palladium (1910) and the London Coliseum (1904). The building ran as a successful theatre, receiving touring companies until 1927, when it was turned into a cinema. Silent films were shown until 1932 when the theatre was wired for sound and could present ‘talkies’. The Opera House also became the venue for an annual summer theatre festival from 1936 to 1942.

However, the Opera House gradually fell into disrepair and in 1976 it was closed and rumours circulated that it would never reopen. But in 1979 it was restored and an orchestra pit was added to the original Frank Matcham design. Since then, the Opera House has been a full-time venue for stage productions, presenting approximately 450 performances per year, including opera, dance, musical theatre, pantomime, comedy, drama, children's shows and concerts.

I can only suppose that this opera house is now closed for the foreseeable future or until the threat of Covid-19 eventually leaves us.

But that meeting six years ago was a very pleasant one, spoiled only by the fact that it rained almost constantly for three days - the time when I took this photo was about the only time the sun shone! But the camaraderie of the TE group more than made up for the bad weather - and people there that weekend included the organiser, Will (willperrett), as well as Bev Robinson (Royaldevon) and her husband Len (lennoland), Ann Jackman (annjackman), Mike Wright (mjw364) and Claude (CLODO) and we also had the pleasure of briefly meeting up with Jasmine Wang (Tigerlily) and her husband, Kevin.

A wonderful time - apart from the weather!

Please take a look in the workshop where you can see another photo from outside the opera house - one of "un photographe de rue extraordinaire" in typical stance with camera - and ready to leap into action!

ISO 160, 1/125 sec at f/9, focal length 35mm.

Here are the co-ordinates of the Opera House: 53.258469, -1.916615

And here is a link to a larger version:

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7660] (30513)
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