St George's Church, Brandon Hill

St George's is a former church in Great George Street, off Park Street, on the lower slopes of Brandon Hill in Bristol, England. Since 1999 it has been used as a music venue known as St George's Bristol. It was built in the 1820s by Sir Robert Smirke. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1]

St George's Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Architectural styleGreek Revival
Town or cityBristol
Coordinates51.4543°N 2.6038°W / 51.4543; -2.6038
Construction started1821


St George's was built for use as a church in the Clifton area of Bristol, England, between 1821 and 1823 by the architect Sir Robert Smirke, who designed it in the Greek Revival style.[2] It was a "Waterloo church", the only one in Bristol to receive government money from the first grant under the Church Building Act of 1818.

It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.[3]

In 1999, the church underwent extensive renovations to make it suitable for use as a full-time concert venue and it re-opened that October under the name by which it is now known, St George's Bristol.[4]


Parish records for St George's church, Brandon Hill, Bristol are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. P.St GB) (online catalogue) including baptism and marriage registers and one burial register. The archive also includes records of the incumbent, churchwardens, parochial church council and charities, plus plans and photographs.

Concert venue

In 1976 St George's Music Trust was formed and in succeeding years they established the church as a major concert venue, initially known as St George's, Brandon Hill. The main body of the church seats 562 people and the crypt has been transformed into a bar and recording studios which are regularly used by the BBC.[5]

The 1999 renovations were extensive. They included replacing the auditorium pews with padded chairs, making the pews in the gallery more comfortable for concert seating, creating a box office and removing the font which was donated to the Church of St Mary on the Quay.

St George's Bristol is particularly known for presenting classical, jazz, folk, world music and opera and stages more than 200 events every year, regularly attracting artists of international note including Angela Hewitt, Nicola Benedetti, Mark Padmore, plus The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (in Spring/Summer of 2010)[6] and Viktoria Mullova, Stephen Hough, Paul Lewis, Christian Blackshaw, Janis Ian, Abdullah Ibrahim and Marc Almond (in Autumn 2011).[7][8] In addition, regular performances are given by local professional groups such as the Bristol Ensemble and amateur orchestras and choirs.

See also


  1. "Church of St George, Brandon Hill". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. Walter Ison (1978). The Georgian buildings of Bristol. Kingsmead Press. pp. 29, 44. ISBN 0-901571-88-1.
  3. "Church of St George, Brandon Hill". Retrieved 2007-03-16.
  4. "About St George's Bristol". St George's Bristol official website. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  5. "Venue History". St Georges Bristol. Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  6. "St George's Bristol Spring/Summer 2010 brochure". St George's Bristol. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  7. "St George's Bristol classical brochure autumn 2011". St George's Bristol. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  8. "St George's Bristol contemporary brochure autumn 2011". St George's Bristol. Retrieved 16 December 2011.

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