Colston Hall calls on 45,000 people for its £45m transformation campaign
Colston Hall is calling on 45,000 thousand people across Bristol, the region and the country to support its £45 million transformation.
The campaign 45k for £45m was launched by ambassadors representing entertainment, education and enterprise in October at Colston Hall. The aim of the campaign is to show high levels of support for the Hall’s redevelopment across the country so that it will attract and secure vital investment.
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 the Government (£5m) and Bristol City Council (£10m).
The ‘Thank You for the Music’ campaign is one of the largest projects of its kind ever in the UK. The £45 million transformation plans for the iconic building include remodelling the main auditorium, redeveloping the second hall into a versatile venue, opening up the cellars for the first time in 100 years for educational and workshop space and restoring the frontage to its Victorian magnificence.
Colston Hall will be the last of the main concert halls in the country to have undergone a major redevelopment since the 1980s and works are due to start in the Hall’s 150th year in 2017, ready for opening in 2019. Find out more at www.colstonhall.org/transformation
The campaign will make the case for investment from the Government, private donors and other sources, like the Heritage Lottery Fund, to achieve the target. Showing the wholehearted support of people across Bristol, the region and the country is vital to secure this investment.
Showing support is easy, people can sign-up to the campaign using one of the Social Media channels via www.colstonhall.org/45kfor45m
Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust, said, “We want to illustrate how important Colston Hall’s transformation is for Bristol and the South West. Our plans echo values that we hope the public will share; three simple aims for education, entertainment and enterprise.
“The redevelopment will touch tens of thousands of lives. They could be one of the 300,000 people in our audience each year, or one of the 20,000 children we educate. A transformed Colston Hall will also stimulate arts enterprise in a growing south west economy. By attracting more people to the venue, we estimate that we’ll boost the local economy by £100 million over the first five years.
“45,000 people is ambitious. But we believe in our plans to become one of the best arts and learning facilities in the country and we hope the public will come on board and show their support too. ”
Digital music expert and Head of Product and Design at MixRadio, Mark Wheatley is the campaigns enterprise ambassador. Mark has been paving the way in technology management and design for more than 18 years.
Mark said, “To make a city economically successful, you need a strong cultural presence that triggers a wow factor. The Colston Hall redevelopment plans for greater capacity, more performances and inspiring build quality will stimulate arts enterprise in a growing south west economy.
“The estimated extra £100 million will give a shot in the arm for the Bristol economy. I hope everyone can get behind this exciting campaign.”
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
Watch a short video about the Colston Hall transformation below!