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‘The Colston Hall should be an iconic venue,’ says Louise Mitchell

A year ago, we launched our £45 million transformation appeal, Thank You for the Music. It aims to redevelop Bristol’s Colston Hall starting in 2017 – which is our 150th anniversary year – and make sure it takes its place as one of the best arts and learning facilities in the country.

We’ve made excellent progress so far, securing a £10m commitment from Bristol City Council and £5m commitment from the Government. But we now need to crack on with reaching the rest of our target. This is where our 45k for £45m campaign enters the stage.

The aim is simple. We must make the case for investment from the Government, private donors and other sources, like the Heritage Lottery Fund. Showing the wholehearted support of people across Bristol, the region and the country is vital to secure this investment.

The campaign will breathe life into the specifications, technical drawings and artist’s impressions. It’ll help convince the people who make spending decisions that this historic location deserves the chance to thrive for generations to come.

Signing up 45,000 people to support the £45 million transformation of Bristol Colston Hall is an ambitious task. We’d like people to visit our webpage – www.colstonhall.org/45kfor45m – and sign up via one of the social media channels we are using for the campaign.

So why take time to sign up? The redevelopment plan echoes our values that we hope the public will share; three simple aims for education, entertainment and enterprise.

First, we’ll deliver music education excellence for Bristol and the South West.

Music can inspire children and young people to achieve things their parents never thought possible.

Second, we’ll create a world-class entertainment venue of national significance. We’ll revitalise our two current halls and open a third, increasing capacity by up to 25 per cent.

Third, we’ll stimulate arts enterprise in a growing South West economy. By attracting more people from within and outside the city to the venue, we estimate that we’ll boost the local economy by £100m over the first five years.

This article first appeared in The Western Daily Press on 3/10/15

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