‘Sensory Symphony’ to say goodbye to current Colston Hall


30 May 2018




THE current Colston Hall auditorium will soon close for the last time, and Bristolians are being invited to say goodbye – enjoying a unique experience in the process.

A series of celebratory events have been announced to mark the end of an era at the historic city centre venue before the building begins its revolutionary £48.8million transformation. The current performance spaces will host their last shows in the week of June 4th to 10th

On Sunday, June 10th, people can experience, for free, the history of the hall and get a glimpse of its future thanks to Sensory Symphony, an immersive presentation that has been created by Bristol’s Limbic Cinema.

This unique installation will allow visitors to stand on the stage and experience the sights and sounds from down the years, sharing the memories of the millions of concert goers who have gone before them.  This audio visual tribute to the Hall will be the perfect farewell, and there will also be the chance to see artist’s impressions of what the future Hall will look like when it reopens in 2020.

With a soundtrack created  by Joe Acheson of Hidden Orchestra, which brings together some of the UK’s finest musicians, Sensory Symphony will run all day Sunday, June 10th with multiple chances for people to take part.

Each running of Sensory Symphony will take 25 minutes, and there will be performances on the hour every hour between 11am and 6pm with space for 90 people on each. The experience is free, but people will need to book in advance to ensure a place.

To book your place go to https://www.colstonhall.org/shows/sensory-symphony/ or call their box office on 0117 2034040.

A series of final performances in the current stage, which has seen performances by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Pretenders, Take That and thousands of other music and comedy legends, are about to begin..

On Tuesday June 5th, fifty years of Bristol’s children singing in the Colston Hall will be celebrated with a 600-strong youth choir made up of young people from across the city, performing for one night only.

Specially chosen singers from primary schools in the city will join up with the Bristol Youth Choir and choristers from St Mary Redcliffe for Sing! Sing! Sing! which will provide one of the final moments to hear choral music in the superb acoustics of the current 1950s hall.

On Friday June 8th, the Würth Philharmonic will continue the Colston Hall’s dual traditions of hosting world-renowned classical music and offering young musicians the chance to perform. Named after philanthropist Prof Dr Reinhold Würth, the orchestra brings together some of the world’s most talented young classical talent alongside superstar conductor and violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov.

The transformation of Colston Hall includes remodelling and upgrading the Main Hall and The Lantern, opening up the extensive cellars for the first time in 150 years – creating a new intimate performance space and a state-of-the-art education suite – and refurbishing the historic fabric of the building.

It will be the first time in 60 years that the Colston Hall, which is the only major concert hall in the UK not to have been redeveloped in recent times, has undergone any major refurbishment.

WIlmott Dixon has been selected by Bristol City Council as the preferred bidder to take the transformation forward. The plans have been created by architects Levitt Bernstein.

Work on the transformation will begin in June and the new Hall will reopen to the public in 2020. During this period, Colston Hall will continue a live performance programme using the foyer building, which will remain open throughout the transformation, and other venues and spaces across the city.

Further information on the transformation of the Hall can be found online at www.colstonhall.org/transform-the-hall or by following #transformthehall on social media channels.

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