Danny Alexander pledges £5 million Government funding for Colston Hall

Danny Alexander with Louise Mitchell (right) and Stephen Williams MP (left)

Danny Alexander with Louise Mitchell (right) and Stephen Williams MP (left)

Chief Secretary to the HM Treasury, Danny Alexander, paid a visit to Colston Hall recently to announce £5 million of government funding.

The money will go towards the campaign to transform the iconic venue.

Danny Alexander comments: “Bristol is already one of the south west’s most vibrant cultural hubs, so it’s great news that it is finally on track to have the international standard concert venue that the region needs.

“London should not have the monopoly on arts and culture, which is why we’re providing £5m to support the refurbishment of Colston Hall right here in the south west. This money will not only bring music, but also jobs and investment to Bristol.”

Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of the Bristol Music Trust, comments: “We are delighted by the announcement that the Chief Secretary has just made.

“This is great recognition of our transformation campaign following the national launch in Westminster last week.

“Thanks to the tireless support of our local MP, Stephen Williams, our national Government has recognised the importance of this Hall and agreed to help fund our plans.

“Our ambition is nothing short of a total transformation to make this Hall a 21st century international hub for entertainment, education and enterprise and this announcement of £5m is a fantastic step.”

Bristol Music Trust’s £45m campaign to transform the Victorian building has already made significant progress following the confirmation that £10m has been proposed by Bristol City Council to help secure the future of Colston Hall.

The transformation plans for the iconic building – due to start in the Hall’s 150th year in 2017, ready for opening in 2019 – 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.