Campaign News

New Hall, new name

On April 26th 2017, Bristol Music Trust, the organisation that runs Colston Hall, announced that the name of Colston Hall will change when the new Hall opens in 2020. Our reasons for this change We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall. The name Colston, and its associations with the slave trade,  does not reflect our values as a…

Bristol Music Trust reinforces commitment to Colston Hall name review

Bristol Music Trust, which runs Colston Hall, has moved to set the record straight on the future name of the venue after reports in the weekend media suggested that it had bowed to pressure from campaigners to remove all association with Edward Colston. Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We were clear right from the start of our campaign to raise funding to transform the Hall, that we…

Bristol Music Trust and UWE Bristol sign new partnership

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Bristol Music Trust (BMT) have agreed a new strategic partnership. Bristol Music Trust is a charitable trust that runs both the Colston Hall and Bristol Plays Music. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions provides a framework for new strands of collaborative activity between the University and BMT. The partnership will initially last five years and includes a shared commitment…