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.

1990s

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.

1997

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

1998

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

2003

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.