Triodos Bank provides funding for Building a Sound Future project at St George’s Bristol2:24, 15th April 2019
Triodos Bank has provided part of the funding for a new £6.3 million extension at iconic music venue St George’s Bristol.
The finance from Triodos was combined with funding from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Bristol City Council, as well as charitable trusts, major and individual donors.
Since it was established as a music venue in 1976, St George’s Bristol has programmed some of the world’s leading names, from Bjork to Sheku Kanneh-Mason, former BBC Young Musician of the Year. It is hoped that this new ‘Building a Sound Future’ project will support St George’s to reach its full potential as one of the UK’s premier concert halls.
Designed by award-winning architects Patel Taylor, the extension boasts a number of environmental credentials and will include space for artists, students, daytime visitors and evening audiences, as well as corporate or private hire.
Suzanne Rolt, chief executive of St George’s Bristol, commented: ‘Triodos staff understood the challenges we were facing and supported our vision of ‘Building a Sound Future’; they’ve never been anything less than totally engaged and always there to provide friendly and well-informed advice. From that initial meeting we now have a professional and mutually beneficial relationship that continues to offer new opportunities for us to work together for the good of our community and for culture in the city.’
Beyond the building project, St George’s have a commitment to increase opportunities to make music and art a part of people’s everyday lives. Activities include working with community radio station Ujima and taking world-class classical musicians from Chineke! Orchestra to play to school children and refugees in Bristol’s most disadvantaged wards.
Triodos Bank has almost 25 years’ experience in lending to ethical and sustainable projects, and lent over £22 million to arts and cultural causes in the UK in 2018. On 24 April, St George’s Bristol will be the venue for Triodos Bank’s 2019 Annual Meeting, which brings together customers of the ethical bank, sustainability leaders and members of the general public to learn more about the mission of Triodos and be inspired to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change.