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£2 million award for Blackheath Halls

Tue 27 September 2016

Trinity Laban is pleased to announce a major new funding award for its Grade II listed performance and rehearsal venue, Blackheath Halls.

A transformative donation from The Hearn Foundation of £2 million will enable a continuing investment into an extensive programme of capital works that will be rolled out over the next two to three years. Trinity Laban’s vision is to transform the Halls into a flexible and creative performance venue, serving the needs of artists, audiences, and our local community.

Principal of Trinity Laban, Professor Anthony Bowne commented:

“Trinity Laban is proud of its estate and we are delighted that we are able to invest in the future of the Halls together with the support and generosity of The Hearn Foundation. Together we look forward to an ever more vibrant Blackheath Halls, supporting training of our elite conservatoire students, as well as offering an outstanding performance and community programme.”

This award from The Hearn Foundation complements an award from Arts Council England’s small capital grant programme of £499,999 for improvements focused on the main performance space – The Great Hall – including new seating, modern stage equipment, and improved backstage facilities.

These awards follow on from successful fundraising to renovate the Blackheath Halls roof during summer 2016. This work is generously funded through a grant from Viridor Credits of £234,832 with the support of the Friends of Blackheath Halls, an active village network that exists to support the Halls both by providing audiences and raising funds.