Event cancellations and update from Bristol Music Trust regarding Coronavirus
Firstly, we want you to know that although our venues may be silent for now, we are still here for you. We are currently looking at other ways to make your quarantined lives a little brighter, so keep checking in with us here or on our social media pages.
And rest assured that we will be back to deliver our mission of unity and joy through music.
Last updated: 13:30 Monday 30 March 2020
In light of the Mayor’s announcement on Tuesday 25 March cancelling all major events in Bristol until July 2020, we regret to say that we will be postponing our Colston Hall Presents Harbourside shows with Belle & Sebastian (Fri 17 July) and Nile Rodgers & CHIC (Wed 16 and Thu 17 July).
In addition we have cancelled or postponed all events taking place prior to Thursday 30 April. We will continue to review all other remaining events scheduled to take place between Friday 1 May and the end of July.
We are already working hard with artists to reschedule these events. We will be contacting all customers directly to advise of this situation.
We ask customers to please retain their tickets and wait for information on rescheduled dates before requesting a refund, and thank you for your patience at this time.
It will inevitably take us a little while to work through contacting everybody. Our box office phone lines are currently closed, so please avoid trying to contact us directly. Rest assured, you will hear from us.
We are sorry to have to make this announcement given all the hard work that has gone into the events, and share our audience’s inevitable disappointment – however we must comply with all measures being put in place to halt the spread of Coronavirus and ensure we are putting the health and wellbeing of our audiences, participants and staff first.
Current membership holders
Given the ongoing disruption to our live events programme, we will be extending all existing memberships by one year. We will contact Members directly in the coming days and weeks to confirm this.
Colston Hall Presents
All Colston Hall Presents events taking place prior to Thursday 30 April have been postponed.
Our Harbourside shows with Belle & Sebastian (Fri 17 July) and Nile Rodgers & CHIC (Wed 16 and Thu 17 July) have been postponed.
We will continue to review all other remaining events scheduled to take place between Friday 1 May and the of July.
The status of all events onwards will be reviewed on a daily basis and we will update customers as early and as fully as we can.
We will work hard to try and reschedule as many events as possible.
For updates on refunds, the status of shows and FAQs, please visit our Coronavirus FAQ page here.
Colston Hall is closed to the public until at least Thursday 30 April. We have cancelled or postponed all Colston Hall Presents concerts during this time.
Our Bristol Plays Music site in Southmead is closed to the public until at least Thursday 30 April.
Bristol Plays Music
All Bristol Plays Music events, including individual music tuition are cancelled.
This includes our ensemble work in Music Centres, Bristol Youth Choir, Bristol Youth Orchestra, our spring concerts and our talent development projects Home Grown Heat and Multi-Track. We are contacting parents, staff and participants directly as far as possible.
For updates on the status of Bristol Plays Music events and FAQs, please visit our Coronavirus FAQ page here.
Supporting our staff and musical community
This is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all, and we aim to support musicians, staff and our audiences as best as we can. We’d like to thank everybody for their understanding and patience so far.
We are closely following government, NHS and Public Health England advice, and continually reviewing our position as an organisation.
The impact on the music and events industry is significant, as tours and festivals that have had a huge amount of work put into them get cancelled.
We are working closely with our partners, funders and other arts organisations to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect those we work with and enable us to be ready to return to our mission of unity and joy through live music.
What you can do to help
Your support at this time is more vital than ever and there are plenty of ways you can help.
The impact of Coronavirus is unprecedented. If you value the arts and music we ask that you consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us.
We are a charity and every penny we receive supports our artistic and education programmes working with hundreds of musicians and practitioners each year, as well as running music programmes across the city for children in care and those facing profound difficulties.
Music enriches all of our lives, and we’ll need it as much as ever in the coming months, so if you can, please consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us via the donation link below. This gesture will make a big difference to our future.
As a thank you, all those who are able to donate during this difficult time will be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following prizes:
- A Colston Hall Presents golden ticket with two free tickets per month for shows of your choice for one year when we’re back up and running
- A free seat named in the transformed concert hall
- A free one year membership and priority booking
- A free Colston Hall building tour for you and 3 friends including afternoon tea on the terrace when we’re back up and running
We are grateful for your patience and support during this time and encourage everybody to continue to follow the latest advice from NHS and Public Health England here.
We look forward to sharing the joy of music with you again soon and will update our website with information, announcements and plans as they develop.
With best wishes,
Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust