The Colston Hall took a step closer to a major refurbishment as the Government announced £5 million of new funding.
One of the city’s biggest music venues launched its Thank You for the Music campaign last year and is now over halfway to reaching the £45 million target.
It is hoped the latest grant will unlock the final part of funding needed to transform the grade II listed venue into an international standard concert hall capable of hosting a full philharmonic orchestra.
The £5 million was due to be announced this morning by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.
After launching in Bristol, Thank You for the Music was unveiled at Westminster last week at an event hosted by Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West.
Mr Williams said last night: “I am delighted that the Treasury has committed to providing £5 million of funding for the Colston Hall.
“I have been pressing this issue in government for several months and today’s announcement represents a big step forward for the Thank You for the Music campaign.
“Colston Hall is one of our city’s most iconic and popular venues.
“It is vital that it continues to offer top- quality facilities and attract the best performers from across the world. The £5 million announced this morning will go a long way in ensuring this.”
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