Drum roll, held breath, new name…

Welcome to Bristol Beacon

A symbol of hope and community. A focal point for music in the city. A gathering space, illuminating the way ahead. A place of welcome, warmth and light. An open invitation to the city for everyone to come and share in the joy of live music.

A new name

Bristol Music Trust has announced a new name for Colston Hall. Since 1867, the venue has been at the heart of Bristol’s cultural life, and since 2011 Bristol Plays Music has also been part of the Trust, working to develop musical journeys for everyone. We are so proud and grateful to have played such an important role in our city and the lives of young people for so long.

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name and began a new chapter as Bristol Beacon. Together, our purpose is to create unity and joy through live music. We believe in the power of music to break down barriers and cross boundaries, and we celebrate this in everything we do.

Musical journeys, from school to stage

We support life-long musical journeys, from school to stage. For now, all of our award-winning music education work in music centres and schools is provided through Bristol Plays Music. We will soon be uniting this education work with our performance programme under one name: Bristol Beacon. Until then, we will continue to deliver exceptional musical experiences as Bristol Plays Music.

It will take some time for this change to happen. We are currently working on a new logo and identity, as well as a new website, which we hope to launch in 2021.

In the meantime, to find out more about this momentous change, please visit the Bristol Beacon new name page.

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We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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