A BUSINESSWOMAN and award-winning society hairdresser is one of the latest major donors to support St George’s Bristol and its ‘Building a Sound Future Appeal’.

Egidia Bonomini is one of 97 major donors and corporates who have agreed to help raise money towards the concert hall’s ambitious £6.3 million extension project – by joining the Apollo Club.

Trustees and staff at St George’s, a registered charity, are urging supporters of the arts to come forward to take up the remaining three Apollo Club places.

Each club member gives £5,000 – or five annual donations of £1,000 – to sponsor one of the 100 glass ‘roundel’ sections of the dramatic Apollo sculpture, which will hang in the extension’s foyer.

Designed by Bristol-based international artist Luke Jerram – whose other works include ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ and ‘Park and Slide’ – it is named after Apollo, the Greek god of music.

Funding towards St George’s extension has also come from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Bristol City Council, charitable trusts and foundations. And the registered charity is running a crowdfund appeal, with donations starting from £5.

Other Apollo Club members include corporates such as Sift, Burges Salmon, and Clifton College, as well as the region’s leading arts patrons.

Reasons for joining the Apollo Club vary. Some members are attracted by inclusion on the supporter acknowledgement panel, and invitations to VIP events. Egidia Bonomini, whose award-winning salon has featured in the society magazine Tatler, is passionate about St George’s and the area surrounding Park Street. Her children have also performed on stage at the concert hall.

The ‘Building a Sound Future’ project will give St George’s new multi-purpose spaces plus a café bar, and improved access and there will be heritage displays in the crypt, making it an all-day venue.

Works will transform St George’s into a world-class venue for music and spoken word events, and will help the charity achieve long-term financial sustainability.

The charity’s Chairman, Trustees and other volunteers, have helped recruit Apollo Club members.

St George’s Chief Executive Suzanne Rolt commented: “The response to the Apollo Club has been phenomenal. Most of the roundel sections have now been sponsored, with only three remaining.

“Our major donors and corporates all have their own stories to tell, and reasons for giving. We were touched to learn of Egidia Bonomini’s very personal story. I would urge anyone who is interested in supporting St George’s Bristol to contact us.”

Apollo supporter, Egidia Bonomini, who owns Bonomini Hair Salon, said: “St George’s is a place close to my heart as I spent a lot of time as a child in and around it.”

St George’s Bristol programmes the best in classical, folk, jazz and world music, is used by touring groups as well as local orchestras and choirs and corporate and private venue hire clients.


  • For further details of how to support the Apollo Club fundraising campaign go to buildingasoundfuture.co.uk or call 0117 929 4929.