Events such as the BBC New Year’s Eve concert with Robbie Williams are booked through ‘Central Hall Westminster Ltd’, a non-profit events and conference organisation employed by the trustees of the building, who are appointed by the British Methodist Church.
Central Hall Westminster Ltd agreed with and made clear to the BBC, as it does to all its many clients, the terms and basis for events taking place here, recognising it is – and remains – a place of Christian worship in the Methodist tradition.
It is clear from the ‘live on-air’ comments by Robbie Williams that these had been communicated to him, (“I’ve been asked by 50 people at the BBC not to swear”) but he chose to ignore this. We are saddened and disappointed that Robbie Williams chose to do this and are assured that Central Hall Westminster Ltd will be communicating our concerns and those raised by others to the BBC.
Despite this particular event, we remain delighted that this special place hosts so many fine, worthwhile and wonderful occasions. Public worship took place here on Sunday 1st January, as on every Sunday, when a full chapel marked a new year and committed themselves to God and the purposes of God’s kingdom.’
Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, Superintendent Minister, Methodist Central Hall Westminster
Paul Southern, Managing Director, Central Hall Westminster Ltd.