Posted on 26 Feb 2016

SMG Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Bolt, former General Manager of Australia’s Perth Concert Hall, as CEO of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Australian-born Bolt was General Manager of Perth Concert Hall for 21 years and previously in the management of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for 13 years.

As a senior member of the Perth Theatre Trust, Andrew also had executive responsibilities involving a number of its performance venues including His Majesty’s Theatre, the Playhouse Theatre, the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, the Subiaco Arts Centre, the Albany Entertainment Centre, the Bell Tower and Government House Ballroom.

Bolt’s portfolio has included management roles in ticketing, marketing and food & beverage, as well as board membership positions with Jazz Australia and the accreditation panels for the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Conservatorium of Music, and the Australian and New Zealand Performing Arts Centres Programming Executive.

Speaking ahead of his new role at The Bridgewater Hall Andrew Bolt said: “I am excited and thrilled to have the privilege to lead this iconic international venue and its talented team into the future and to continue to promote this wonderful performing arts facility within the cultural life of both the city and nation.”

John Sharkey, Executive Vice President of SMG Europe, said: “Our vision for the Hall is to establish it as a leading international venue and we’re delighted to have secured an international talent to help us deliver this ambition. Andrew’s proven track record in delivering artistic leadership and creative programming, alongside his substantial business acumen and commercial success, makes him the perfect candidate.”

Mike O'Connor, Chair of Manchester Concert Hall Ltd, welcomed the news of Andrew’s appointment: “Andrew's appointment confirms The Bridgewater Hall’s reputation as a significant international player and important part of Manchester’s vibrant cultural scene. We looking forward to working with him as we approach the 21st anniversary of the Hall’s opening.”

Bolt will commence his new position on 14 March and replaces the outgoing CEO Nick Reed, who left last December to take up a new role with Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

The SMG managed 2,300 capacity venue is Manchester’s international concert venue and home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. The Hall also programmes its own classical music season, the International Concert Series. The venue's innovative Learning and Participation programme is funded by SMG Europe and The Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust.

Forthcoming 2016 events include Ludovico Einaudi, Natalie Merchant, Gregory Porter, Tindersticks and Josh Groban, followed by the Hall’s 21st anniversary celebrations next season.

SMG Europe is the largest operator of sports, entertainment, conference and exhibition venues in the UK and Europe. SMG Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of SMG, the worldwide leader in venue management.
Manchester Concert Hall Ltd (MCHL) is the independent charitable trust responsible for The Bridgewater Hall, on behalf of Manchester City Council.