In October 2010, Portsmouth City Council decided to create an independent Not for Profit Distributing Organisation or NPDO to take over the running of the Guildhall. In December 2010, the Portsmouth Cultural Trust was created. The Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee, which is a not-for-profit organisation overseen by a Board of Directors. The Trust plans to apply to become a charity in the near future and when it does, the Board of Directors will become a Board of Trustees.
The Board of Directors are responsible for the overall strategy of the Guildhall – its vision and future direction. The Board is made up of people with relevant skills in a wide range of areas, such as finance, retail, venue management and marketing. Each member of the Board is essentially a volunteer, offering their time and expertise for the benefit of the Guildhall and of the City. Mark Smith, who is also the Chief Executive of The Southern Cooperative, is the Board’s Chair. See a full list of the Board of Directors here.
More than 70% of patrons attending performances and events at the Guildhall come from outside of the city. This means that we are building on a great reputation that stretches across and far beyond Portsmouth itself.
The Guildhall’s role as an entertainment venue and major conference centre is at the heart of the Trust’s plans for its future. We want to take the excellent service, events and functions that the Guildhall has delivered in its past and make them even better.
Recent events include sold-out performances by Mumford & Sons, Scissor Sisters, Micky Flanagan, Simple Minds, Jake Bugg, Stereophonics, The Specials and many more. Smaller events include a range of popular Live Lounge shows (cabaret & jazz) as well as a Comedy Network line-up.
The Trust is also serious about classical music, presenting concerts by the likes of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (March 2014), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (October 2013) and 10+ concerts per year by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as a range of smaller recitals and ensembles.
Exciting developments in 2013 include the opening of 2 x new art galleries, a free business lounge, and a partnership with e-commerce giant Ticketmaster.
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