Derby

Matlock Bath Grand Pavilion begins first full season

  • 12 April 2014
  • From the section Derby
The Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath
Image caption The building has no heating and only limited disabled access

The first full season of live music and entertainment is starting at a historic Derbyshire building after it was rescued by volunteers.

Built as a theatre in 1910, Matlock Bath's Grand Pavilion went through a number of uses before closing in 2008.

In 2012 a charity took over the hall with the intention of restoring it.

Despite not securing the £3.7m needed for a full restoration, the group said it was still a "fantastic venue".

Following a campaign by residents, the charity Grand Pavilion Ltd bought the pavilion from the local council for £1.

The first event was held in 2012 and with a handful more last year.

The group had applied for £3m in lottery funding in 2013 but were unsuccessful.

Now more than 35 concerts and exhibitions are scheduled this spring and summer despite only a limited amount of work being completed.

Head of events, Andie Brazewell, said: "It is not currently the 360-degree theatre that we aspire to.

"It's a little bit scruffy, has no heating - so turn up with your warm clothes - but it has a great atmosphere and is a fantastic venue."

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