Last week we were thrilled to welcome Darren Jones new Labour MP for Bristol North West for a visit to Colston Hall.
His visit came ahead of several key events in our calendar: on Wednesday 20th the Hall will be celebrating its 150th birthday, and later this month it will play host to our conference on how to make employment in the music industry more accessible to disabled musicians.
Himself a jazz saxophonist, Mr Jones was extremely excited to see the Hall’s transformation plans in person and to receive a personal tour from Bristol Music Trust Chief Executive Louise Mitchell.
Mr Jones also expressed his support for Bristol Plays Music’s award winning music education hub, and our inclusive music education programme that aims to provide a high-quality musical experience to all, regardless of background or ability.
Mr Jones commented on his visit: “It’s been fascinating to see what the future could look like for music venues around the UK,” he said. “A more inclusive and diverse arts sector not only benefits our communities, but enriches the art itself- I am proud to see that, thanks to the Bristol Music Trust and Bristol Plays Music, our city is helping to build a truly diverse music industry.”
Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of the Bristol Music Trust, said: “I am very happy that our programme has the support of Mr Jones and other local MPs, above and beyond politics,” said Louise Mitchell. “It’s essential that they are part of the discussion on inclusivity, and help us unite the education and music sectors on this issue.”