Susan Torkington Photography

Aurea Quartet at the Fascinating Britannia Panopticon

It was a real pleasure to be asked to photograph Glasgow’s fabulous Aurea Quartet recently. They had originally wanted an outdoor shoot but with the days being so short in Scotland at this time of year, and with only an afternoon to complete the shoot, we decided that an indoor location would be best. We were lucky enough to be given permission to shoot in the world’s oldest surviving music hall – The Britannia Panopticon. If you haven’t heard of it, check out the website as it really is a quirky place!

My friend and fellow photographer Vicky McGraw agreed to assist me during the shoot and I was really glad of her help because it was not an easy venue! The stage area and gallery were very dark so we needed to carry lots of equipment up and down the stairs. In a desperate search for light, I went up to the derelict top floor and was amazed to find the most gorgeous big windows with light pouring in. I pleaded with the manager to let us shoot up there and she kindly had us chaperoned as we climbed over the barriers and broken staircase with instruments, camera and lights!

We had a really fun and relaxed shoot with these guys and not only that, they played for us during the shoot which made it extra special! Thanks Aurea Quartet, we hope to see you again sometime!

Check out The Aurea Quartet’s website featuring our images from the shoot.

 

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