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Bristol’s political leaders back Colston Hall’s 45k for 45m campaign

Bristol’s Mayor and four party leaders have pledged their support for Colston Hall’s 45k for 45m campaign.

The campaign, launched in October, is calling on 45,000 people across Bristol, the region and the country to support the Hall’s £45m transformation.

The aim of the campaign is to demonstrate wholehearted support for the Hall’s redevelopment. This will make the case for investment from the Government, private donors and other sources, like the Heritage Lottery Fund, to achieve the target.

Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust, said,

“Bristol City Council were the first to financially contribute to our transformation. Following their generous commitment of £10m at the start of the year, I am delighted to say that the council’s political leaders are also our first political figures to publically support our 45k for 45m campaign.
“It is great to see them get behind our ambitious project, which will directly impact on tens of thousands of people from across the city and beyond.”

Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson, said,

“It is a particularly exciting time for music and performing arts in Bristol, with both the transformation of Colston Hall and the new Bristol Arena plans progressing. Colston Hall’s redevelopment will help to reinforce the city’s position as the UK’s capital of music and set the benchmark across the country for music education. I urge everyone in Bristol to come on board and show their support to ensure the Hall gets every penny it needs to meet its ambitious plans.”

Cllr Helen Holland, Leader of the Labour Councillors in Bristol, said:

“Colston Hall’s transformation will enable Bristol Plays Music – the city’s music education hub based at the Hall – to further develop the delivery of music education in Bristol and the wider region. Ensuring that young people from all backgrounds and of all abilities have access to music education and opportunities is a real priority for us, and the transformation of the Hall will enable more of this. We hope that everyone who supports the provision of music education in Bristol will support this campaign.”

Cllr Mark Weston, leader of the Conservative group in Bristol, said:

“What Colston Hall is seeking to do through its transformation is bold and ambitious and will benefit everyone in this city. Their 45k for 45m campaign is a great way to demonstrate just how beloved the Hall is and I am delighted to lend my support to the campaign.”

Cllr Rob Telford, Green Party, said:

“Colston Hall is part of the fabric of our city, providing music and culture for almost 150 years. It is vital that we preserve and protect this building for future generations and also equip it to modern standards – from making it accessible for all and improving the acoustics, to restoring the building’s historic façade and installing solar panels and efficient power systems so that it is more energy efficient. I am fully supportive of their plans and very pleased to be able to add my name to the target of 45,000 supporters.”

Cllr Gary Hopkins, Liberal Democrats, said:

“All political parties are fully in agreement that the future of Colston Hall needs to be secured. The £45 million project will not only do just that, it will allow the Hall to become a National Centre for Music Entertainment, Education and Enterprise. During our budget discussions earlier in the year, we ensured that the city council put adequate funding in our future capital programme to support the project, which helped to persuade the previous government to contribute. Neither would have pledged funding without the widespread support and demand for the Hall, and this will be further demonstrated by the mass citizen sign up through the 45k for 45m campaign.”

The £45 million transformation appeal Thank You for the Music was launched in September 2014. Since then, a third of the money has been raised following commitments from Bristol City Council (£10m) and the Government (£5m).

Find out more about the ambitious transformation plans at www.colstonhall.org/transformation

To sign up to the 45k for 45m campaign visit www.colstonhall.org/45kfor45m