A dedicated group of young aspiring performers have been working alongside artists, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Donald Edwards in our summer series of Creative Café workshops. The young people have been exploring scenes from our new production Forest Dreaming. Building their skills and confidence to prepare them to work alongside professional musicians and singers in our Creative Lab.
The Lab will take place in August bringing together an amazing creative team, artists, semi-professional performers, new graduates and young people to work on Forest Dreaming. Bringing the newly commissioned score to life for the first time. When we have finished we will let you know how it’s shaping up!
This project has been made possible through support from Arts Council England which we are hugely grateful for.
Hi, my name is Anna. I’m currently studying English and Sociology at the University of Leeds, and am lucky to have the opportunity of working with the Geraldine Connor Foundation over the next two years as part of the Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship (UGRLS). Over the summer I’m exploring the impact and legacy of Geraldine’s creation ‘Carnival Messiah’, with a particular focus on the production at Harewood House in 2007.
Carnival Messiah was widely praised for its community engagement, bringing professionals, semi-professionals locals and international artists on to one stage. To this day the foundation is inundated with stories of the effect Carnival Messiah had on individuals.
I’m interested in learning from artists, participants and audiences about their experiences, the influence the production had on their lives, and also their personal memories in order to try and capture the joy of the production. In building an archive of material about ‘Carnival Messiah’, not only am I hoping to record and celebrate its legacy, but I’m also hoping to demonstrate the importance of the arts more generally. Especially in a time when funding is being cut at every corner, I believe that the arts should be valued in all walks of life, both as a creative outlet and as a powerful tool for personal growth and social change.
If you took part in Carnival Messiah, or even if you simply went to see it and would like to share your experience then we’d love to hear it. Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact details and a brief description of how you were involved, and we’ll go from there.
The Geraldine Connor Foundation are seeking Singer and Performances for 2 ‘pop-up’ style performances in Leeds.
Applicants can be professional, semi-professional or students but must have a strong singing voice. You must also have experience of performing in character. You can be based in Leeds, across Yorkshire or work nationally.
Please send your CV to SELINA@GCFOUNDATION.CO.UK in order to receive your Casting Call invitation.
You MUST be available for the following dates:
• 1st Casting call – Friday 14th July in Leeds • Rehearsals 31st July – 4th August in Leeds • Performance 26th August in Leeds • Performance 16th September in Leeds