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In September 2009, Colston Hall completed the development of their multi million pound new foyer. The stylish glass-fronted foyer building, finished with a striking recycled copper cladding, will provide a new architectural landmark for the city facing onto The Centre.

Designed by architects Levitt Bernstein Associates, it features a spacious atrium crossed at upper floor levels by a series of bridges, seamlessly linking the new foyer with the existing main auditorium and other part of the historic hall building. Peter Conway Management was commissioned to put together a 10 day festival to celebrate this fantastic development. It was a spectacular series of events which saw the 10 Day Festival sweep the Venue Magazine award for Top Bristol Event 2009.


The spectacular 10 day series included:

Friday 18 September

Opening Night Party
Featuring Andy Sheppard, Adrian Utley, The Emerald Ensemble, Richard Barnard, Cirque Bijou, Sheelanagig.

Saturday 19 September

New Generation Takeover
For one day and night the building was programmed by young people for young people. There were a number of free events throughout the day followed by the Teenage Rampage tour and Rave on Avon under 18s nightclub.

Sunday 20 September

Jazz Fest
A one day festival throughout the building featuring the best of Bristol’s international jazz musicians: Andy Sheppard’s Movements in Colours, a one off special performance by a 10-piece Get The Blessing plus James Morton’s Porkchop, all headlined by the legendary South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim with his trio playing Colston Hall for the very first time.

Tuesday 22 September

Nature’s Great Events
Spectacular footage from BBC Natural History’s award-winning Nature’s Great Events with the score from the series performed live by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by William Goodchild was performed in this completely unique event, absolutely stunning.

Thursday 24 September

Beth Rowley with special guests and Phantom Limb
To cap a great year (Brit award nomination, Glastonbury appearance) Bristol’s own internationally acclaimed singer presented a unique performance supported by an enlarged version of Bristol’s Phantom Limb.

Friday 25 September

Roni Size and Reprazent with orchestra and choir
A one-off evening with Bristol’s own world master of drum ‘n bass. Commissioned especially for the celebrations, Roni Size worked with orchestrator William Goodchild on a piece that combined his own musical influences with that of his band Reprazent, Bristol’s chamber orchestra The Emerald Ensemble and a choir. It was a unique chance to hear a musical legend pushing the boundaries.

Saturday 26 September

Geoff Barrow’s ‘Invada Invasion’
Portishead’s Geoff Barrow curated the ‘Invada Invasion’ of Colston Hall, taking over all 3 performance spaces for a day of cutting edge music from his own record label featuring unique orchestral performance from Crippled Black Phoenix, Malakai, Joe Volk, Thought Forms and more.