Bristol is invited to experience Colston Hall’s 1950s auditorium one last time before our £48.8m campaign to transform the hall begins on Monday 11 June 2018.
A series of celebratory events have been announced to mark the end of an era at Bristol’s Colston Hall. In June 2018 the current stage, which has seen performances by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Pretenders, Take That and thousands of other music and comedy legends, will be used for the last time. As we take a bow after decades of memorable shows and events, June 4th – 10th will be the chance for people to experience the current Hall one last time in a programme of three special performances.
On Tuesday 5 June, fifty years of Bristol’s children singing in Colston Hall will be celebrated with a 600-strong youth choir made up of young people from across the city, performing for one night only. Specially chosen singers from primary schools in the city will join up with the Bristol Youth Choir and choristers from St Mary Redcliffe for Sing! Sing! Sing! which will provide one of the final moments to hear choral music in the superb acoustics of the 1950s auditorium.
On Friday 8 June, the Würth Philharmonic will continue the Colston Hall’s dual traditions of hosting world-renowned classical music and championing talented young musicians. Named after philanthropist Prof Dr Reinhold Würth, the orchestra brings together some of the world’s most talented young classical talent alongside superstar conductor and violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov.
Then, on Sunday 10 June, people will get the chance to fully immerse themselves in the Colston Hall’s past and future thanks to Sensory Symphony. This unique installation created by Limbic Cinema,will allow visitors to stand on the stage to experience the sights and sounds from down the years, experiencing the memories of the millions of concert goers who have gone before them. This audio visual tribute to the Hall will be the perfect farewell, with a carefully curated soundtrack by Joe Acheson of Hidden Orchestra.
Find out more about each event via the links below.
In 2017 we turned 150 years old. Hear some of the memories of Colston Hall from throughout the years in our specially commissioned film.
Read some more of our audiences’ fond memories here
Look back to the building of our iconic foyer 10 years ago, and the journey we’ve been on since then here
Find out more about our £48.8m transformation, which begins in June 2018, including how you can support the campaign here