The annual ABO Classical Music Awards have once again honoured excellence in the fields of orchestral, concert hall and artist management – including St George’s Chief Executive Suzanne Rolt.
The awards were presented at the ABO conference dinner held at Titanic Belfast, and hosted by Classic FM Presenter Jane Jones, on January 23, where Suzanne ‘Concert Hall Manager of the Year’.
Since heading up the St George’s team in 2006, Suzanne has put her own inimitable stamp on the venue’s reputation, and has overseen the major ‘Building A Sound Future’ project which, with an investment of over £6 million, has dramatically enhanced the experience for visitors to the venue.
Suzanne, who joined St George’s Bristol in 1992, said: “Not everyone is fortunate enough to do a job they love but I’ve never felt anything less than utterly passionate about St George’s.
“It’s a great privilege to steer the course of one of the country’s most beautiful halls and to create new ways to play an ever greater role in supporting and inspiring the lives of musicians and audiences.
“News of the award came as a complete surprise and I’ve been thrilled but overwhelmed too to receive the extraordinary and generous messages of support from so many friends and colleagues.”
She added: “It comes at the perfect moment as it puts a national spotlight on the wonderful new development at St George’s and it provides just the excuse we needed for another celebration with the brilliant team who all make St George’s such a special place.”
In presenting the award, organisers acknowledged the venue’s long enjoyment of a special place in the affections of performers, recording producers and public alike.
Suzanne’s nominator described her as ‘an outstanding creative and entrepreneurial leader’.
Judges were also impressed by her leadership of the ‘Building A Sound Future’ project, stating: “At a cost of over £6 million, the experience for everyone who visits St George’s has been dramatically enhanced – from restoration work, the development of multi-purpose spaces and backstage facilities, to display areas and even more desirable catering.”