Colston Hall’s website is currently offline as we prepare to announce a new name for the organisation at 8am on Wednesday 23 September.

Since 1867 we have been at the heart of Bristol’s cultural life. We are so proud and grateful to have played such an important role in our city and the lives of our audiences for so long.

And now, in 2020, we have a new opportunity – a chance to acknowledge difficult parts of our past and look forward with hope towards our future.

We know that our current name, that of the slave trader Edward Colston, means that not everyone has felt welcome or that they belong in their city’s concert hall. And if we can’t share the joy of live music with everyone, something must change.

Our organisation was founded long after Colston’s death, and has no direct connection to him, financial or otherwise. We can no longer be a monument to someone who played such a prominent role in the slave trade.

We believe in the power of music to break down barriers and cross boundaries. And with this new beginning, we can do more: providing opportunities to create and experience incredible music moments like never before.

You’ve told us that you want us to inspire more people through music. With this change, and the coming transformation of our building, we can do that together.

Join us here live from 8am on Wednesday 23 September, as we announce that name and begin a new chapter for the Hall and the city.

The journey to our
new name

Throughout this journey to a new name we have spoken to lots of people. We have undertaken significant consultation right across the city. We have involved our audiences, partners and communities from all across Bristol and have spoken to over 4,000 people about their hopes for the new venue and thoughts on our name.

We wanted to make sure a new name would come directly from the hearts and voices of our city. This consultation took the form of surveys, interviews, focus groups and community events.

  1. June 2018 – January 2019 we held 20 individual in-depth stakeholder interviews with people who held a professional connection with us or who held a civic/public position in Bristol
  2. August – September 2018 we emailed audience members with an initial audience survey with 1,203 responses
  3. October 2018 we held an audience forum with 40 participants who were a mixture of existing audience members and those who had not attended the venue before
  4. November 2018 – February 2019 we circulated an online public survey with 1,296 responses
  5. February 2019 we held community consultation days in Redland, St Pauls, Easton, Southmead and Knowle West with over 200 people attending
  6. March – October 2019 we held two Discovery Days at the Hall where the public could find out more about all aspects of our transformation, with approximately 1,000 people attending
  7. November 2019 we held school workshops at Bristol Free School and St Mary Redcliffe & Temple Secondary School attended by 30 students