Campaign News

Open Letter from Henry Kenyon, Chair at Bristol Music Trust

We recently announced our decision to rename Colston Hall in 2020, following a major £48.8 million transformation of the current building. This decision has given rise to much public debate. We wish the new Hall to be a beacon of light bringing the joy of music to people from all corners of Bristol and the surrounding area. We wish to be a progressive, forward thinking and open arts organisation and…

Louise Mitchell on Colston Hall name change

Yesterday, I announced on behalf of Bristol Music Trust the unanimous decision that Colston Hall will be renamed when it reopens after a multi-million pound transformation in 2020. There has naturally been an enormous amount of media interest in this change and many opinions shared on social media. This subject brings strong views on both sides, but I would like to explain clearly our decision. Bristol Music Trust is a…

New Hall, new name

On April 26th 2017, Bristol Music Trust, the organisation that runs Colston Hall, announced that the name of Colston Hall will change when the new Hall opens in 2020. Our reasons for this change We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall. The name Colston, and its associations with the slave trade,  does not reflect our values as a…