Season 1, Ep. 2 – What’s in a name?

Welcome to the Transformation Pod – our series that gets backstage and under the floor boards of the largest capital arts programme ever to take place in the South West.

Over the next two years, Colston Hall will undergo a £48.8 million transformation that will ensure Bristol has a world class concert venue of international significance at the heart of the city.

In this second episode, we discuss one of the most complex decisions taken so far – the decision to reopen the transformed hall with a new name.

For many years the Hall has been the lightning rod for a debate on the legacy of the slave-trader and philanthropist Edward Colston. Built 146 years after his death, Edward Colston was not a benefactor to the Hall and there is no material connection with the man or his wealth, and when we reopen it will be with a name that reflects our values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation.

We talk to our Chief Executive Louise Mitchell, former Trustee and venue owner Marti Burgess, artist Savinder Bual, and children at Cotham Gardens Primary School about the decision and the impact it is having in the city.

To find out more and to have your say on the future vision of the Hall, including it’s name, please visit our Together Through Music page here.

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Presented by Harriet Robinson
Produced by Julia Hayball and Louise Orchard, 2°West

Thank you to the contributors:

Louise Mitchell – Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust
Marti Burgess – Former Trustee and music venue owner
Savinder Bual – Artist
The children of Cotham Gardens Primary School

Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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