For 150 years, Colston Hall has been a cultural hub for Bristol with our inspirational and groundbreaking music and music education experiences.
Since 2011, Bristol Music Trust has been the custodian of the city’s beloved venue, creating a music programme of national renown, a commercially profitable business and an awardwinning music education programme called Bristol Plays Music.
Now, Bristol Music Trust is taking on the Hall’s biggest challenge yet with a £48.8 million transformation of the city’s cultural centre that will set the stage for another 150 years of music in Bristol.
Every year, some 300,000 people pack out our musical performances and we play host to 15,000 artists and musicians. In 2015-16, our activity and audiences generated an estimated £11.8 million in additional economic activity for the Bristol economy and 257 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.
Working alongside KPMG, the professional services firm, we estimate that over the 20 years after the Hall reopens, it could generate*:
*this is based on a number of assumptions which can be found in the full KPMG report below.
Today our Bristol Plays Music Education Hub provides a comprehensive education programme to get every child off to the best possible start in life. Bristol Plays Music has delivered transformative education work in communities identified by Bristol City Council as the most deprived through BPM centres and Colston Hall’s education delivery partners.
Through our partner network we have:
The transformation will strengthen the ability of our music team to deliver high quality education. We will: