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Bristol’s Big Conversation – Thurs 4th May 2017



Pictured above: Louise Mitchell (left), Civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson (centre), and Marti Burgess, a Bristol Music Trust member and lawyer (right)

We are delighted to welcome to the Ujima airwaves Louise Mitchell – Chief Executive of
Bristol Music Trust. Louise will be talking of Bristol Music Trust’s decision to
rename Colston Hall, the future of the venue and its multi-million pound
refurbishment and her life and career in music.

Louise Mitchell
Louise Mitchell is the chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust, an independent venture set up in May 2011 to drive forward music in Bristol, and to help secure a sustainable future for Colston Hall, the largest concert hall in the south-west of England.

Previous to her appointment as the Trust’s chief executive in May 2011, Louise was the first ever director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, an organisation set up in 2009 to develop opportunities arising from the award of the title City of Music by the Secretary General of UNESCO.

She had previously been at the head of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for 13 years, where she spearheaded the regeneration of two of Glasgow’s most revered venues, the City Halls and the Old Fruit market and nurtured the word famous Celtic Connections Festival.

Louise has worked in arts management for over 20years. She studied the University of St Andrews where she gained a master’s degree, followed by a Diploma in Arts Administration from City University, London.

Her first job in music was as an interpreter for the Hawick Pipe Band’s French tour, followed by a short spell as Assistant Manager of the Scottish Baroque Ensemble and five years as Concerts Manager of the London Sinfonietta, touring with the ensemble all over the world.

After three years of freelancing, she became Assistant Director of the Edinburgh International Festival responsible for music programming. She returned to London as Music Programme Manager at the Barbican Centre, managing the relationship with the London Symphony Orchestras orchestra in residence, and finally as Concerts Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra before moving to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall in 1996.

Louise is a board member of Destination Bristol, a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Vice Chair of British Association Concert Halls, and a past Board Member of the International Society for Performing


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