Welcome back! Events return to Bristol Beacon
Dear friends and music lovers,
It gives me great pleasure to write you this quick bulletin from Bristol Beacon.
It was a humbling and rewarding moment last month to stand in our foyer, which has been quiet for so long, and share the name Bristol Beacon with you for the first time.
I was grateful to be joined by Mayor Marvin Rees, and for the many wonderful comments we received following the announcement. Sharing the unity and joy of live music seems like a more vital mission than ever, and it is with this new sense of purpose that we are able to begin under our new name.
I expect many of you will have seen the recent announcements about the distribution of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
We are very glad that many Bristol friends and artistic partners were successful in their bids and will now be able to avoid making further painful decisions and begin to look to the future.
The focus of the fund was to support those at the most imminent risk, and while there are many challenges we face we are thankful not to be in that position, at least for the time being.
At Bristol Beacon, we are focused with Bristol City Council and Wilmott Dixon on completing our ambitious transformation in these challenging circumstances. And while recent events have had some impact on progress, we all remain committed to delivering the project and hope to share more news from the site with you very soon.
In the meantime, I’m very pleased to say that we have been working hard to ensure the operational parts of our buildings are COVID-secure and we have been planning, alongside our renaming and transformation, how to get back to putting on great events.
The first of those we are happy to announce will take place in our foyer, with Scottish superstar comedian Daniel Sloss in early November followed by an inventive exhibition of artworks by musicians in the rather wonderfully titled Super Cool Drawing Machine, which will take place throughout December and into January.
These events will be a new way of working for us, but will be run with comprehensive hygiene procedures in place to ensure we welcome you safely back. Join us as we reopen our doors for these first events at Bristol Beacon, or see our Visit pages here for more information on our COVID safety measures.
This marks a careful return to programming for the first time since March, but we have plenty more announcements to share with you soon.
What’s more I’d like to commend our amazing team of music educators and staff in our Creative Learning and Engagement department, who have kept music education alive throughout the pandemic with online music lessons for hundreds of young people and summer school activities, and who are now working closely with over 50 schools to ensure that live, in-person music tuition can take place safely once more. If you would like to know more about our education opportunities, do visit bristolplaysmusic.org
It feels good to be able to welcome you back.
Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust