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Gala for Geri

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Geraldine Connor featuring the words, dance and music that she loved.

West Yorkshire Playhouse | Saturday March 31st | 7.30pm | Tickets £10


I was privileged to spend some time working with Geraldine Conner in the last few months of her life – her energy and enthusiasm were infectious. I’m lending my hands to support the gala evening celebrating her life and work.

From their press release:

A night to make you smile and make you cry, to make you clap your hands and stamp your feet, but most of all to celebrate the life of Geraldine Connor, a great teacher, composer, performer, director, musicologist and all-round inspiration to us all. There will never be another Geraldine, but this evening is to help keep her memory and her legacy alive.

The Gala will have extracts from Geraldine’s best-known work Carnival Messiah and feature specially devised performances by some of her favourite collaborators. Participants will include classically trained singers Ronald Samm, Simone Sauphanor and Brian Green, actors Ram John Holder, Renee Castle, Nigel Wong and Jojo Kelly, dancers David Hamilton, Ayo Jones and Jonathan Bishop, a piece by South Asian company Kala Sangam, and music across the spectrum, from steel band to gospel.

All money generated on the evening will be used to continue Geraldine’s work.


Tickets available through West Yorkshire Playhouse. Hope you can come along – it should be a fantastic night!


Guest Suites | New Work from Jacky Lansley

Some friends of mine are involved in a new work with choreographer Jacky Lansley, which having premiered at RAH2 in feb is coming to York Minster on the 3rd of March.

It sounds fascinating and should be a great thing to see in the stunning context of York Minster’s Chapter House.

This is what the website says:

Guest Suites is inspired by Bach’s Cello Suites which Lansley and her frequent collaborator composer Jonathan Eato use as an artistic template.The first three suites will be performed live by outstanding cellist Audrey Riley and, on historic recording, by Pablo Casals. Eato’s contemporary addition Suite Inserts – a ‘compositional reworking’ of four movements for cello and electronics – will be performed live by Riley and, on laptop, by Eato himself.

Central to Guest Suites is the idea of artists guesting in each other’s worlds. A core ensemble of four dancers will be joined by guest dancers and actors. Guests will be announced nearer the time but will include dancers Fergus Early, Esther Huss, Hannah Mi, Huri Murphy, Sanna Ryg and Tim Taylor.

Lansley forged her unique style from a rigorous training in both classical work with the Royal Ballet Company and in the radical worlds of Performance Art and New Dance practice; she says: “The formal beauty of Bach’s Cello Suites provide an intriguing emotional and structural world for the work. The suites remain an artistic touchstone not just for musicians but for all artists”.

Tickets are available via the York Minster Box Office.

and more info can be found on –

Hope to see you there.