Colston Hall takes £45m transformation campaign to Westminster

10 February 2015, News

Today (10th February) Colston Hall took its £45 million transformation campaign Thank You for the Music to Westminster, calling on the Government to match the £10m proposed by Bristol City Council, to help secure the future of Colston Hall. 

Part of the communications programme led by JBP, the Westminster event was billed as the national launch of the campaign. MPs and key music industry figures met at the House of Commons to join Bristol Music Trust in its latest step on the road to transformation, where they were treated to a performance by popular contemporary folk musician Seth Lakeman. The event saw Bristol MPs from all three political parties backing the campaign, with speeches from Lib Dem MP and Minister for Communities Stephen Williams, who hosted the event, Dame Dawn Primarolo (Labour MP for Bristol South) and Charlotte Leslie (Conservative MP for Bristol North West).

Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust, commented: “We’ve brought our campaign to the House of Commons to beat the drum for Bristol, and the potential we have to really make a difference within the city and beyond. Colston Hall has a unique opportunity to become a leader in our role as a music education hub. We already reach thousands of young people each year and this programme will ensure we go even further to inspire and engage with future generations. We want to see Bristol as the UK Capital for Young People’s Music and see no reason why we can’t achieve this.

“We need the support of our national politicians, so, I am calling for the Government to show that they understand the national significance of the South West’s only major concert venue. We want the Government to match the £10 million offered by Bristol City Council and help secure the future of Colston Hall, for the country.”

The Trust’s £45m campaign launched by JBP in September 2014, to transform the Victorian building into an international standard Centre for Music Entertainment, Education and Enterprise will provide a dynamic resource for music and music education, for future generations, in South West and beyond. The campaign has picked up phenomenal momentum since its launch due to its strong engagement platform with political parties, local businesses and influential stakeholders, ensuring a constant stream of news on Colston Hall’s transformation journey. 

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