March 2019

22 March 2019

Happy birthday Geraldine!

Today, the 22nd March 2019, marks Geraldine Connor’s 67th birthday. As always, we’re celebrating her incredible life by sharing people’s thoughts, love and photos of Geraldine, and sending a big shout out up to the sky to show that we are #RememberingGeraldine.

We asked our archive placement student, Millie Clift, to have a dig around the archives to find some information about Geraldine’s life to celebrate today. Millie has put together a great timeline of some important events in Geraldine’s life:

September 1976 – May 1984

Geraldine Connor was the Head of the Music Department in Trinidad’s premier boys’ school, Queen’s Royal College.

1984 – 1987

Geraldine worked as the Education Supervisor at the Brent Black Music Co-operative in London. She tutored black vocal techniques and consolidated her work as a composer.

1988 – 1990

Geraldine went back to Trinidad to work as a consultant to the Minister of Youth, Sport, Culture and Creative Arts.

She was also a major organiser for the fifth Caribbean Festival of the Arts, CARIFESTA V, which took place in Trinidad, 1992.


Geraldine was the first female musical arranger in the Panorama Steelband competitions. She played for Trintoc Invaders Steelband in Trinidad and Red Stripe Ebony Steelband in Britain.

1990 – 1992

Geraldine was employed as a full-time lecturer in Caribbean Music Studies at the City of Leeds College of Music, where she contributed to the development of a degree course in Multicultural Music.

3 – 9 April 1994

Geraldine was the co-ordinator of Black Arts Week, Leeds. Throughout this week-long programme, she emphasised the thriving community of Black Arts in Yorkshire.

6 – 18 December 1994

Geraldine attended PANAFEST’ 94 Arts Festival & Colloquium. Her connections to carnival were extremely strong throughout her lifetime.

17 – 20 November 1995

Geraldine took part in talks at the AKWAABA: Pan European Women’s Network for Intercultural Action and Exchange. Specifically looking at Diversity, Participation and Equality.


Geraldine devised music for ‘Jar the Floor’ by Cheyrl West, a West Yorkshire Playhouse production.


Geraldine had extensive experience as a radio producer and hosted the BBC Radio Leeds Nightshift programme.


The West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Vodou Nation, co-directed by Geraldine Connor, held some rehearsals in Haiti in order to successfully capture the richness of the Vodou religion in the final performance.


20 March 2019

My Work Experience at GCF – Charles

Sixteen year old Charles was given the opportunity to do a week of work experience at GCF. A budding actor, we asked Charles to explore what acting means to him, where he sees his talents taking him in the future, and to research what opportunities there are in Leeds for young actors to gain more experience. Here’s what he came up with…

I’ve always loved watching movies and TV shows, and it gave me a desire to act in front of a camera. Acting is an art, an art of impersonating characters and making them come to life. Actors can build a character in many different ways such in method acting, imitating the character’s habits so that in a movie, they are more realistic and will have a convincing body language. Actors sometimes have to train for a role and have to learn how to play an instrument or do sports for a role. Show business is hard work and a lot of effort but despite that, it’s still an interesting profession that will keep any movie fan like me excited.

To be an actor, I need to focus on gaining as much experience as possible in both categories (screen and stage). I currently study acting in IPM acting school and aim to continue my studying in performing arts in college and apply for a drama-based University. Outside education I need to go to auditions – as many as possible until I’m used to it and can do better next time.

Leeds has many opportunities for 16+ year olds like me who are interested in taking part in acting. Theatres are always holding auditions, there are acting schools that are always open to new people. It’s really simple to find these, all it takes is a few clicks on Google. Theatres like Leeds Playhouse, the Carriageworks Theatre and RJC Dance all have opportunities for young actors to perform. If young students are interested in just doing film acting instead of stage acting, they can go to acting schools like IPM, YAFTA and ActUpNorth.