Buxton Opera House’s Chief Executive Andrew Aughton has left the theatre after 15 years.
Andrew came to Buxton in September 1998 after 11 years at Preston Guild Hall.
Paying tribute to staff and volunteer colleagues, he said none of what has been achieved since the theatre reopened in 1979 would have been possible without such a large number of local people being prepared to give up their time and skills on a voluntary basis.
“Fifteen years in the same role has been a huge pleasure and privilege,” he added.
Since 1998, the programme at the opera house has grown from around 250 performances to a year to over 820 in the current year.