West Yorkshire Playhouse will be hosting a special evening to celebrate the life of Geraldine Connor. The energetic director died last year following a heart attack. She was 59. She was perhaps best known for Carnival Messiah, a work which mixed the Handel classic with a West Indian theme.
It was famously staged in the grounds of Harewood House in 2007 to mark the bi-centenary of the abolition of slavery. Now David Lascelles, the eighth Earl of Harewood has organised a night with 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 and music across the spectrum, from steel band to gospel.
All money generated on the evening will be used to continue Geraldine’s work.
David Lascelles, the eighth Earl of Harewood speaks about the late theatre director Geraldine Connor and the concert being held in her memory at West Yorkshire Playhouse this Saturday. You can find out more here.