Farewell to Colston Hall

Last week we invited you to walk in the footsteps of legends as we celebrated the last days of our iconic 1951 auditorium and our beloved Lantern venue. Thousands of you came through our doors to enjoy a final concert in our existing hall, walk our stage and immerse yourself in our history, or simply share a drink with us to celebrate this landmark moment as our £48.8m transformation gets under way.

We want to say a huge thank you to all the staff, artists, audiences, performers and everyone who has been a part of the history of this iconic hall. Here’s to our future, we hope you can be a part of it.

A look back at the final moments of our hall

On Tuesday, over 1200 amazing young voices from schools all across Bristol joined us for Sing! Sing! Sing!, and sang their hearts out to say farewell to Colston Hall. The event provided one of the final moments to hear choral music in the superb acoustics of the 1950s auditorium, and a particularly heart-melting one at that.

As the week progressed we looked back through our archives and marvelled at the legendary artists who have performed here. We were in awe of the list so much, we decided to redecorate our stairs with the names of our idols! Once again, we collaborated with our friends at Upfest to give our decoration a bit of impact onto our concourse. We hope you enjoyed walking in the footsteps of legends.

On Friday we were getting set for the final concert of our International Classical Season with the Würth Philharmonic who brought together some of the world’s most talented young classical musicians under the baton of superstar conductor and violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov. With a packed auditorium the orchestra demonstrated the sheer power and delicate subtlety the acoustic of our Festival of Britain Hall has as they wowed the audience with Strauss, Bruch, Saint-Saëns and Shostakovich. The perfect send off to many years of world-class classical music performances.

On Sunday 10 June we marked the moments of the hall with Sensory Symphony: a unique installation created by Limbic Cinema with a soundtrack by Joe Acheson of Hidden Orchestra to cast audience members back through the musical history of our hall and experience the memories of the millions of concert goers who have gone before them.

This was truly a great moment in our closing celebrations as past performances were brought to life through a combination of bootleg recordings, archive footage and fantastic projection art for an installation than put you in the same spotlight as John Lennon, Jimmy Hendrix, Blondie, Portishead and countless other musical greats.

This week has been a special moment in the history of our hall, and while we’re sad to say goodbye to our 1951 auditorium and Lantern venue, we’re even more excited about what’s to come! We’re now one step closer to becoming a world-class concert hall that all of Bristol can be proud of. Here’s a look at what our transformation will deliver. You can follow latest news and find out more about the transformation here.