Bristol Music Trust ramp up Colston Hall campaign

To mark the launch of a public giving campaign to support the transformation of Colston Hall, new artist impressions and plans for the redevelopment of the building have been revealed.

The Bristol Music Trust, the registered charity that runs Colston Hall, officially launched its appeal today asking the people of Bristol to help Transform the Hall. The campaign offers individuals the chance to help secure the next 150 years of the hall by naming a seat for as little as £5 a month.

In order to fund the transformation, the team at Colston Hall has already secured £40.9 million against a target of £48.8 million, which will be the biggest redevelopment to take place in Bristol’s arts sector. The charitable trust is now asking the public to help.

The transformation of Colston Hall includes remodelling and upgrading the Main Hall and The Lantern, opening up the extensive cellars for the first time in 150 years. This will create a new intimate performance space and state-of-the-art education suite, as well as refurbishing the historic fabric of the building.

The public appeal offers individuals the chance to make a one-off donation or name a seat by making a monthly donation of as little as £5 per month for four years. Donors will receive a plaque on their chosen seat in the newly transformed hall, which can be engraved with the dedication of their choice, and a specially commissioned handcrafted certificate.

Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Music Trust, commented: “This year as we’ve celebrated our 150th anniversary we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of personal stories and memories we’ve received, highlighting the significance the hall has played in so many people’s lives.

“Now, we’re asking the public to seize this moment to help secure another 150 years of special memories and experiences for their friends, families and future generations. We’re inviting people to name a seat and be a part of this transformational moment in the venue’s history. The hall hasn’t been updated since it opened in the 1950s so it’s long overdue a transformational refurbishment that will give Bristol and the South West a world-class venue to be proud of.”

The first phase of the transformation involved the construction of the £20 million foyer space, which opened in 2009. The rest of the building has not been refurbished for 60 years.

So far, more than £40 million has been raised thanks to financial commitments that include £10 million from Bristol City Council, £5 million from HM Treasury, £10 million from Arts Council England, £4.75 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £5 million from the Local Enterprise Partnership and generous support from local donors, trusts and foundations.

Further information on the transformation of the hall can be found here: