Discovery Day – Talks

Explore Bristol's home of music

Find out the work we are doing to bring people together through music through talks and discussions with key people who our part of our Transformation project.

Learn more about our plans for the redevelopment our building, how we’re developing pioneering new music education projects, striving to make the music industry more representative of disabled people and investing in a concert hall for the future.

Part of the Colston Hall Discovery Day


Plans for Our Venue
12:00 – 13:15
Terrace Bar

Learn more about the plans for the redevelopment of our venue to bring fully accessible, world class musical experiences and education opportunities to the city, with architect Mark Lewis and staff from Bristol Music Trust.

A Hall for All: The History of Colston Hall
12:45 – 13:15
Restaurant Space (Opposite Box Office)

Learn about the fascinating history of Bristol’s largest music venue with our archivist Louise Anderson.

One Bristol Curriculum
Restaurant Space (Opposite Box Office)

People from across Bristol have come together to develop a new One Bristol curriculum for schools across the city to achieve a better representation of BAME history and achievements and an understanding of how black culture and black British culture has shaped our world.

Chime Installation
14.30 – 15.00
Restaurant Space (Opposite Box Office)

Find out about the unique Chime installation that will be installed in the Foyer in a talk from the artist Rebecca Gouldson.

Introducing the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence
15:15 – 16:00
Restaurant Space (Opposite Box Office)

Find out more about this exciting national initiative established by Bristol Music Trust which is aiming to transform the music industry and education sectors by removing barriers to participation at all levels.

In Conversation with Louise Mitchell
15:00 – 15:45
Terrace Bar

Discover what it takes to lead a multi-million pound redevelopment project with our Chief Executive, Louise Mitchell in conversation with Martin Booth, Editor at Bristol 24/7.

Building a concert hall for the future
16:00 – 17:00
Terrace Bar

Join us for a panel discussion led by Andrew Kelly with panellists Phil Castang, Aisha Thomas, Sandra Meadows and Michael Jenkins to explore what role should Colston Hall play for Bristol in 2019 and beyond.

Andrew Kelly (Chair) – Director, Bristol Cultural Development  Partnership
Sandra Meadows – Chief Executive of Voscur and Associate at the Centre for Mentoring & Coaching
Michael Jenkins – Filmaker and Producer
Aisha Thomas – Assistant Principal for Inclusion, City Academy
Phil Castang – Director of Creative Learning and Engagement, Bristol Music Trust

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Supported by

  • Colston Hall is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

  • This event is part of Disabled Access Day –  a day to celebrate good access and to create opportunities for people to try something new.

    There will be a changing places facility on site for the event.

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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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