First, and most importantly, all of us at Bristol Music Trust hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.
We care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our audiences, musicians and staff, and we have of course been monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely over the last few days.
This is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all, and 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 are continually reviewing our position as an organisation.
With this in mind we will close Colston Hall to the public from Wednesday 18 March until at least Thursday 30 April and have cancelled or postponed all Colston Hall Presents concerts.
Our Bristol Plays Music site in Southmead will be closed to the public from Saturday 21 March, in order to facilitate final tuition this week, until at least Thursday 30 April.
Colston Hall Presents
We will contact all affected customers directly to give details about your individual performance bookings. Please bear with us as this will take some time.
The status of events from May onwards will be reviewed on a daily basis and we will update customers as early and as fully as we can.
We will work hard to try and reschedule as many events as possible.
Bristol Plays Music
All Bristol Plays Music events except for some exams and individual music tuition are cancelled.
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.
Your support at this time is more vital than ever.
The impact of Coronavirus is unprecedented. If you value the arts and music we ask that you consider donating your ticket refund.
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 are grateful for your patience and support during this time and encourage everybody to continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England
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,
Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust