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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!


Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde + Live Musical Accompaniment by Blue Roses in Leeds.

A friend of mine is working at the moment with the Birds Eye View Film Festival They have a couple of great events coming up north in the next month or so.

From the Hyde Park Picture House website:

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde + Live Musical Accompaniment by Blue Roses.

At the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds.

On 9th March – 6.30 PM.

Starring: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst

Directed by: John S. Robertson

65mins US 1920

Following acclaimed performances at London’s BFI and the Latitude and Green Man Festivals, acclaimed Yorkshire folk act Blue Roses (aka Laura Groves) reprise their haunting live score for this classic work of gothic silent cinema.

Philanthropic scientist Jekyll (Barrymore) has something of a midlife crisis and takes a potion to unleash his darker side – aka Hyde. Barrymore’s extraordinary transformation is achieved through performance alone, with shaken hair and expressive long-fingered hands. This seminal horror silent was adapted by MGM and Paramount prolific star scriptwriter Clara Beranger.

Clara Beranger

Clara Beranger was one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters, scripting 73 titles in 21 years. Having worked with some of Hollywood’s largest studios, she later becsme one of founding faculty members of USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Blue Roses

Blue Roses, aka Laura Groves, is an local musician from Shipley. Signed to XL recordings, Blue Roses’ self-titled debut album was released in 2009 to widespread critical praise for Groves’ rich, haunting vocals and her beautifully layered musical arrangements.

Tickets: £12.50 (full), £11 (concessions), £10 (members)

Originally commissioned by the Birds Eye View Film Festival: celebrating women filmmakers.

They also have Imogen Heap providing soundtrack to the 1928 French surrealist film ‘The Seashell and the Clergyman’ at the Sage in Gateshead.

Both offer a great opportunity to see some fantastic cinema alongside amazing live performances – They should be unforgettable events!