Slave-owner’s concert hall considers change of name

Slave-owner’s concert hall considers change of name


norman lebrecht

June 24, 2014

We hear that Colston Hall in Bristol – named after a 17th century English MP and trafficker in human misery – is looking for a sponsor who might relieve it of past associations.

By neat coincidence, the hall will host a performance next season by the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra, Africa’s bravest.


kinshasa symphony


  • william osborne says:

    Thomas Jefferson owned over 650 slaves during his life. Among our countries founders, he was viewed as the expert for social justice and human rights.

    • David J Gill says:

      Jefferson was not regarded that way in his own time. In truth he was more like an elite intellectual who liked to theorize a radical revolutionary ideal…and attitude. (And the violence of the French Revolution did not dissuade him.) But he mostly protected the privileged position of his class.