Bristol Beacon turned 150 years old in 2017 and quite frankly it looks its age. There has been no major refurbishment for the last 60 years. Indeed, it is the only major concert hall in the UK not to have been redeveloped in recent times. Doing nothing is therefore not an option.

So we are doing something about it. We need your help to achieve our ambitious plans to #transformthehall – turning our iconic building into something that we can all be proud of, as a city, region and nation.

The transformation will form Phase Two of Bristol’s biggest ever redevelopment programme in the arts sector. The first stage involved the construction of the £20 million foyer space, which opened in 2009. Phase Two began in September 2018 and is planned to be completed in 2023.

In September 2014 we launched our appeal, which set a target to raise the funds needed to transform our venue into an international standard concert facility and a National Centre for music performance, education and enterprise.

The £106.9 million project is underwritten by principal funder Bristol City Council, and so far over £40 million has also been raised from other sources, thanks to financial commitments that include £16.2 million from Arts Council England (the largest single capital award made by ACE in the South West), £5.2 million from HM Treasury, £4.75 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £11.4 million from the West of England Combined Authority, £4.5 million from numerous individual donations, trusts foundations and sponsorship agreements.

This is a great start and with your help we can get even closer.

Now is your moment to transform the Hall. Click here to find out how you can help secure the next 150 years of live performance at Bristol Beacon. 

“The transformation is vital for music making in the UK. I am delighted to give the campaign my support”.

Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director, London Symphony Orchestra

Help Us Transform The Hall

We’re building a world-class music venue for Bristol. Now is your moment to be a part of it.

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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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