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New Meetup: Drawing at the Royal Opera House

From: Julia
Sent on: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 11:06 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Drawing London on Location!

What: Drawing at the Royal Opera House

When: Saturday, March 13,[masked]:00 AM

Royal Opera House
Bow Street Covent Garden
London WC2

We've been given permission to draw inside the beautiful Royal Opera House, as this date is one of the rare days when they do not have a matinee performance.
I've asked if we could use the Amphi Terrace, so we can have an inside/outside drawing opportunity. This Terrace is on Amphitheatre level. It is a long outdoor balcony with roof, overlooking Covent Garden. From May onwards, it is used as a summer restaurant but not just yet, so the tables and chairs there we can use. Just inside on this level is a cafe, so handy for coffee break!
The rest of the building I think will be accessible except for the main auditorium, so do take a look at the Crush Room with beautiful chandeliers and paintings, also the Floral Hall, which is a magnificent space.
The Royal Opera House has an unusual twisted bridge called the 'Bridge of Aspirations' which connects the Opera House to the Royal Ballet School - worth looking out for from the outside, but not sure if we can access it from inside. Did a tour once and the building seems the size of a small town, with all the rehearsal rooms. costume workshops, set making studios etc behind the scenes.
One interesting gem of info is that all the costumes are kept in a massive storage facility in South Wales. They are stored away after each performance (a bit smelly I imagine) and not cleaned until they are taken out of storage for the next performance of that particular opera or ballet. The cleaning bill is then ?75,000 and they are brought to London in special lorries! (no wonder tickets are expensive!)

We can draw there from 11am - 1pm and then suggest carrying on drawing from the outside if weather permits.
Please rsvp by 7th March if you can as need to confirm numbers at beginning of that week.

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