Leave a Legacy
Help future generations enjoy what you love about St George’s
Thank you for considering leaving a gift to St George’s Bristol in your will and helping future generations enjoy what was important to you in your lifetime.
After you have made provision for those you care about, a gift to St George’s can make a huge difference to our future work. By leaving a specific gift or a share of your estate to us, or an unrestricted legacy, you will help St George’s to programme artists of the highest quality and to bring inspirational music making experiences to young people across Bristol, ensuring a gift of music for generations to come.
It is easy to include a gift to St George’s Bristol in your will. You simply need to tell your solicitor the proportion you wish to give, and they can make a suitable provision. If you’ve already made a will, ask your solicitor about adding a Codicil to your existing will. We recommend you consult your solicitor before making any changes to your will; please see some guidance on the gifts you can make below.
Guidance on leaving a legacy
There are 3 main types of gift you can make:
A share in, or all of, what’s left of the value of your estate after family and friends have been taken care of. The advantage of leaving a share is that it stays the same over time and you won’t need to change your will to keep up with inflation.
A fixed sum of money
An item such as a piano, a building, or piece of art
Our charity’s details are
St George’s Bristol
Registered Charity No 295178
Address: St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR
For more information on our Legacy giving programme, or to pledge a gift, please see our Legacy form:
A note from Suzanne Rolt, outgoing Chief Executive
In April 2021, Suzanne Rolt, who was St George’s Chief Executive for over 15 years, left the organisation for pastures new. In her final weeks as Chief Executive, she reflected on what made St George’s so special to the many artists, audience members and supporters who enjoyed music in this wonderful venue over the years. She wrote this note to share her sense of love for the charity and the work and music created here:
A now retired Trustee once told me that he considered each and every day that St George’s opened up, putting on the concerts it did, to be an extraordinary achievement, and nothing short of a minor miracle. He had seen at first-hand the ongoing challenges we faced, and the pressures bearing down on all sides. I had to agree that being the custodian of a concert hall was not for the faint hearted, and that leaps of faith had become one of the defining characteristics of our approach over the years. Most importantly though, without the many people who had stepped up to support us in our times of greatest need, we would have long ago had little choice but to close the doors.
There are key moments in our history when we have come through periods of adversity only because help has reached us in the shape of a legacy. These gifts are rarely foreseen and impossible to budget for, but they have a knack of arriving just when they are needed most. I have spoken on many occasions about the legacies received in the early days of the organisation, not least that from our Founding Chairman, Harry Edwards. We set Harry’s gift aside as something only to be used ‘for a rainy day’, and when the downpour came, it provided the cover we so desperately needed.
Over the past year we have received a number of legacies; they have come from people who have wanted to acknowledge the importance of music and, particularly St George’s, in their lives.
One gift was from a long-standing attendee who spent lots of tie at St George’s in the 1990s and took a decision then to help safeguard our future. Another was from a woman who had moved to a different part of the country and not attended for many years, but who had clearly never forgotten the venue. Both these gifts gave us a tremendous lift and, on a practical level, allowed us to keep going with our plans during the most trying months of the pandemic.
As I approach my final weeks at St George’s, I have been reflecting on the past and thinking how privileged I have been to work here and to have collected such rich memories – my mind is full to bursting with the many, many unforgettable concerts that I have attended, and the people who have been alongside me in the audience, as well as on stage. My seat, H22, will always hold a special place in my heart! I have decided that I would like to do something to help ensure St George’s future success, so that others can come through its doors and feel moved in the way that I have on countless occasions.
For this reason, I have decided to leave a bequest in my own Will. I am still pondering the details but I am drawn towards the idea of directing help towards young musicians who are starting out on their careers. My means are not great but, depending on my circumstances when the bequest comes to St George’s, it might support a one-off concert or extend across several years; or it might be given without restrictions, a little like Harry’s umbrella gift, so that it can go where it is most needed.
I will not be here to know what happens of course but, in the meantime, I can enjoy the feeling it gives me to think that I will be helping a young person to take what might be one of the most important steps in their career. Perhaps it will be the next Paul Lewis or Angela Hewitt!
So I would like to ask if you consider joining me in doing the same?
The Development team are more than happy to talk you through the options with you. St George’s is a very special place where extraordinary things happen, and the decision we make today could well prove to be a lifeline for it in future times.
Thank you for reading and thank you as always for all you do for St George’s.