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St George's chief executive recognised at Classical Music Awards

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 29 January 2019 17:02

St George's chief executive recognised at Classical Music Awards

The chief executive of Bristol concert hall St George’s has been named the UK’s Concert Hall Manager of the Year.

Suzanne Rolt was recognised at the ABO Classical Music Awards as an “outstanding creative and entrepreneurial leader”.

Since becoming chief executive of St George’s in 2006, Suzanne has overseen a major £6 million revamp project to improve the visitor experience at the venue.

She 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.

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“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.”

The judges acknowledged the venue’s value as a “special place” in the affections of performers, recording producers and the public.

They said: “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.”

Suzanne 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.”

The awards were presented at the ABO conference dinner held
at Titanic Belfast, and hosted by Classic FM Presenter Jane Jones.

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