The Geraldine Connor Summer School 2013 was an intensive four week training programme for young people with ambitions in the performing arts. Led by a team of inspirational teachers and professionals, the students devised their own new piece as well as learning “How Beautiful are the Feet” from Carnival Messiah.  The Summer School culminated in two performance at the West Yorkshire Playhouse where the students showcased their work alongside professional performers.

Students were selected through an open audition process and as a funded programme places are provided free for all the selected participants.  The aim of the recruitment process was to find a group of multi-talented and committed young people aged 16-24 from the Leeds and Bradford area.  Open Workshop Auditions were held at Leeds City College, and at Kala Sangam in Bradford.

The Summer School took place over August 2013 in Leeds City College Park Lane Campus, but students also visited and worked with many other organisations in the area including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Opera North and Leeds Rugby Foundation.

Over the four weeks students not only developed their performance skills but also their life skills.  The overall theme of the Summer School 2013 was “teamwork” and students were encouraged to extend this theme in working together as well as thinking outside the box and broadening their horizons.

GCF Summer School 2013 was supported by Aspire-i & Leeds Inspired

GCF © Raymond Wilkes
GCF Summer School 2013 © Diane Howse

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