Colston Hall has been part of the Bristol skyline for 150 years and home to iconic performances by some of the world’s leading artists, including The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Yehudi Menuhin, leaving lasting memories that live on in people’s minds. Despite this, it’s the only major concert hall in the UK not to have been redeveloped in recent times.

In 2018 we will be spearheading a major capital project to transform the Hall. Building work is set to begin in June 2018 for a grand reopening in 2020. So far over £30 million has been raised, however, we still need help to achieve our ambitious plans which will turn our iconic building into something that we can all be proud of.

To encourage people to support the appeal, we have created CHIME, a concept which celebrates the power of music to connect and unify. Everyone who donates over £20,000 to the transformation will be invited to join our exclusive CHIME Circle. Through CHIME we aim to raise £1 million bringing us much closer to our goal – a world-class concert hall fit for another 150 years to come.

We invite you to join our CHIME Circle, as your support is crucial to the successful transformation of the Hall.

We are thrilled to be part of the CHIME Circle and to be so involved in the transformation project. We have enjoyed going to Colston Hall for many years and the transformation will make it a concert hall that the city can be proud of.

Helen Wilde
CHIME Circle supporter and former High Sheriff of Bristol

Find out more about CHIME by reading our CHIME brochure (online version below). To discuss how you can support the transformation and join the CHIME Circle, please contact Rosa Corbishley, Head of Development on 0117 204 7176 or at

About the sculpture

A spectacular visual representation of CHIME is being created through a unique installation by artist, Rebecca Gouldson which will take pride of place in our foyer. She will create a collection of texturally unique shapes, in a variety of metals, which will cascade from Colston Hall’s foyer ceiling. This impressive installation not only complements the existing copper façade of the Hall, but also encapsulates our vision of connecting people through music, embodied by our CHIME Circle.

About the artist

Rebecca Gouldson fell in love with etching while studying metalwork and has been exploring the possibilities of capturing images on the surface of metal ever since. Influenced by both the built environment and the natural landscape, Rebecca uses etching alongside an ever growing palette of metal colouring and finishing techniques. She works with a variety of metals including copper, brass and gilding metal. Rebecca has created bespoke artworks for a range of spaces, from public museums to superyachts. Her clients include Tiffany & Co, Barclays Wealth and Legal & General and she has exhibited internationally.

It’s an incredible honour to be involved in the CHIME project given Colston Hall’s importance to the cultural life of Bristol and my close ties to the city. The foyer space holds huge potential for creating a sculpture on an ambitious scale, which is a tremendously exciting prospect for me as an artist.

CHIME Brochure