Closure & Cancellations: COVID-19
Statement issued 17 March 2020
St George’s Bristol IMMEDIATE CLOSURE
A message from CEO, Suzanne Rolt, St George’s Bristol.
In accordance with UK Government guidance, and with the safety of our audience, staff and artists of paramount concern, I regret to announce that St George’s Bristol is now closed until at least Monday 20 April. This closure includes the Concert Hall, Box Office and Café-Bar.
All concerts and events at St George’s Bristol up until 20 April are cancelled or postponed.
Given the speed at which this situation is evolving, we will be reviewing the status of events beyond this time on a regular basis and communicating this to audiences. We are currently working with artists to reschedule, wherever possible, performances to a later date and we will share details of these shortly.
We will contact all ticket bookers separately. Clearly the challenges we all now face are quite unprecedented. It will take us several days to contact everyone and we are grateful for your patience and understanding through these difficult times.
In common with other charities and arts institutions, St George’s Bristol finds itself in a vulnerable position. It has not been possible for us to take out insurance to cover losses of this kind and the extent of any government support is currently unknown.
Please, if you are able, I’d ask you to consider donating the proceeds of any cancelled bookings towards our continued survival.
Even under normal circumstances, St George’s Bristol must raise at least £400,000 each year in donations, plus some £600,000 in ticket sales just to cover our annual operating costs. We operate on very slim margins, with a talented but small team who are committed to creating life enhancing and affirming experiences, working in partnership with some of the most passionate and talented musicians of our time.
We need your support more than ever at this time. A donation, if you are able to make one, will enable us to plan ahead, give a great boost to future activities, and will help us to support some of the artists whose events have been cancelled.
We are indebted to you for your support of St George’s Bristol, and send our sincere wishes to you and your closest in these extraordinary times. We will remain in touch with our supporters and do all we can to generate new ideas to keep music part of our everyday lives.
I, along with the staff team and the Board of Trustees, look forward to welcoming you when St George’s reopens.