Coronavirus update from Bristol Music Trust   

First, we want you to know that although our venues may be silent for now, our music has continued throughout this difficult time.

A Bristol Music Trust we have spent the past few months curating two online festivals and broadcasting some classic Colston Hall gigs for your listening pleasure, as well as raising awareness and money for the Music Venues Trust and Bristol’s local artists and venues. We hope to continue to provide this content in the coming months. You can watch our online content again here

We are also working very hard to bring live music back to Bristol, including keeping communication open with our local venues, artists and promoters. More information on this is below.
We will be back as soon as we can to deliver our mission of unity and joy through live music.

Postponed events 
Last updated: 10:00 Friday 3rd July 2020

Due the Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent closure of music venues, all of our Colston Hall Presents concerts until 1st September 2020 have been rescheduled or cancelled.

As the government advice changes it is likely that we will need to push back some of our rescheduled concerts into 2021. We are working to reschedule these dates as soon as we can. We will be contacting all customers directly to advise of this situation.

We ask customers to please retain their tickets and wait for information on rescheduled dates before requesting a refund, and thank you for your patience at this time.

It will inevitably take us a little while to work through contacting everybody. Our box office phone lines are currently closed, so please avoid trying to contact us directly. Rest assured; you will hear from us. Please see the FAQs below for more information.

Building Closures 
Colston Hall is currently closed to the public until at least Tuesday 1st September.  Our Bristol Plays Music site in Southmead is closed to the public until at least Tuesday 1st September.

We are working on plans to reopen our buildings, including looking at how we can use our larger spaces for socially distanced meetings and business events. For more information contact

Bristol Plays Music 
All Bristol Plays Music in-person events, including individual music tuition are suspended until further notice.

This includes our ensemble work in Music Centres, Bristol Youth Choir, Bristol Youth Orchestra, our spring concerts and our talent development projects Home Grown Heat and Multi-Track. We are contacting parents, staff and participants directly as far as possible.

However we have moved our music tuition online, and are offering online music lessons via our Virtual Academy and NCIE Virtual Academy, which is specifically for disabled young people (age 11-25) and children in care (age 6 -18) in Bristol. More information can be found here.

Following the recent announcement by the DfE that all children will return to school in September, we anticipate music tuition in schools and music centres will also restart in September.

For updates on the status of Bristol Plays Music events and FAQs, please visit our Coronavirus FAQ page here. 

Supporting our staff and musical community 
This is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all, and we aim to support musicians, staff and our audiences as best as we can. We’d like to thank everybody for their understanding and patience so far.
We are closely following government, NHS and Public Health England advice, and continually reviewing our position as an organisation.

The impact on the music and events industry is significant, as tours and festivals that have had a huge amount of work put into them get cancelled.

We are working closely with our partners, funders and other arts organisations to ensure we are supporting and advocating for the return of this important industry. Our two Bristol Takeover online festivals have raised over £16k for the Music Venues Trust and local venues and artists and we are lending our voices to national campaigns such as #Letthemusicplay to tell the story of the importance of live music.

We are doing everything we can to protect those we work with and enable us to be ready to return to our mission of unity and joy through live music.

What you can do to help 
Your support at this time is more vital than ever and there are plenty of ways you can help.
The impact of Coronavirus is unprecedented. If you value the arts and music we ask that you consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us.

We are a charity and every penny we receive supports our artistic and education programmes working with hundreds of musicians and practitioners each year, as well as running music programmes across the city for children in care and those facing profound difficulties.

Music enriches all of our lives, and we’ll need it as much as ever in the coming months, so if you can, please consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us via the donation link here. This gesture will make a big difference to our future.

As a thank you, all those who are able to donate during this difficult time will be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following prizes:

– A Colston Hall Presents golden ticket with two free tickets per month for shows of your choice for one year when we’re back up and running
– A free seat named in the transformed concert hall
– A free one year membership and priority booking
– A free Colston Hall building tour for you and 3 friends including afternoon tea on the terrace when we’re back up and running.

We look forward to sharing the joy of music with you again soon and will update our website with information, announcements and plans as they develop.

With best wishes,
Louise Mitchell
Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust