Thank You for the Music

Colston Hall turns 150 years old this year and quite frankly it looks its age. There has been no major refurbishment for the last sixty years. Indeed, it is the only major concert hall in the UK not to have been redeveloped in recent times. Doing nothing is therefore not an option.

So we are doing something about it. We need your help to achieve our ambitious plans – turning our iconic building into something that we can all be proud of – as a city, region and nation.

The transformation will form Phase Two of Bristol’s biggest ever redevelopment programme in the arts sector. The first stage involved the construction of the £20 million foyer space, which opened in 2009. Phase Two is planned to start in 2018 – the Hall’s 150th anniversary – and be completed by 2020.

In September 2014, we launched our Thank You for the Music appeal, which set a target to raise £45 million to transform Colston Hall into an international standard concert facility and a National Centre for Entertainment, Education and Enterprise across the arts – music, comedy, theatre, dance and the visual arts.

So far, over £30m has been raised, thanks to financial commitments that include £10m from Bristol City Council, £5m from HM Treasury, £10m from Arts Council England (the largest single capital award made by ACE in the South West), and most recently in November 2016, £4.75m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is a great start and by the end of the year we hope to be well on our way to achieving the full amount.

You can read the latest news on the campaign’s progress in our Latest Campaign News section, find out exactly what the £45 million will do for us in the Transformation Tour section, and discover the economic impact of the project in the Transformation Impact section. 

Transform The Hall

Creating a world class concert venue in Bristol – the £45m appeal

Transformation News

Keep up to date on all the news from the Thank You for the Music appeal

Contact us

For more information about the Thank You for the Music appeal click on the email link below to send us your enquiry.