Colston Hall celebrates 150 years of entertaining Bristol

Colston Hall, Bristol’s largest music venue will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year and has revealed the first details of the anniversary programme.

To celebrate the past 150 years and Colston Hall’s vision for the future, there will be a series of celebratory shows, out of the ordinary events and for the official anniversary in September, a special anniversary programme.

The venue has a rich history of bringing exceptional music experiences to the city, which has seen music legends from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Bob Marley grace the stage as well as giants of the classical music world like celebrated pianist, composer and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The 150th anniversary celebratory shows began with There Will Be Blood Live on Tuesday 7 February, shortly followed by Shirley Collins performing Lodestar on Saturday 11 February. The legendary folk singer and one of England’s most respected song collectors announced her return to recording after 38 years with the release of new album Lodestar late last year. To mark the release, Shirley announced just a handful of live shows which will feature a number of special guests including Graham Coxon and Sam Lee.

One of the most iconic moments at Colston Hall in 2017 will be the UK premiere of Monteverdi 450 over three nights in April and May. This landmark semi-staged series of Monteverdi’s three surviving operas – Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, I’Incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo – by maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner, his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir will mark the composer’s 450th birthday. The Colston Hall appearance will be the only one in England with other destinations on the tour including Venice, Lucerne, Barcelona and Paris, putting Bristol at the heart on the classical music world this year.

The programme also includes HEXA: David Lynch’s Factory Photographs on Thursday 16 February, Amp Fiddler on Saturday 4 March, DJ Yoda: A History of Gaming on Saturday 13 May and a screening of the cult film Under the Skin with live score performed by Mica Levi on Friday 14 April.

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Details of September’s special anniversary programme will be announced in the spring.

Colston Hall first opened its doors to the public on the 20th September 1867, after The Colston Hall Company bought the land from Colston Boy’s School in 1861 to fulfil their vision of building a concert hall in the city. The Hall has seen four iterations in its 60 years, with the fourth and present Colston Hall opening in 1951.

In addition to the anniversary celebrations, 2017 will also mark a pivotal point in the Hall’s transformation to make the venue one of the best arts and learning facilities in the country.

As the last major concert hall in Britain to be updated, detailed plans of the Hall’s £45 million redevelopment have been revealed and 2017 will mark the Hall’s last full year in operation before it is temporarily closed for the redevelopment works to take place.

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