Jeremy Irons Named Chancellor of Bath Spa University

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Bath Spa University has announced that Jeremy Irons has accepted the position of Chancellor. It is the first time in its history that the University will have a Chancellor.

Photograph: Jeremy Irons

The news was announced by Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University, Professor Christina Slade who said:

“Creativity is at the heart of Bath Spa University. Through his vast experience in the arts Jeremy Irons will bring unique insight to Bath Spa University and influence our vision to be the leading university for creativity, culture and enterprise.

“I look forward to working closely with Mr Irons in his new role and the opportunities this new relationship will afford the University.”

Jeremy Irons has a long and illustrious career in film, television and theatre. He trained at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol and first performed on stage in 1969. He has appeared in numerous productions in both the West End of London and on Broadway winning a Tony Award for Best Actor for his role in The Real Thing in 1984.

His performance in TV series Brideshead Revisited resulted in his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and he won a further Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Emmy Award for his performance in Elizabeth I.

His numerous film credits include Kafka, Dead Ringers, Lolita, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Reversal of Fortune for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Speaking about his appointment, Jeremy Irons said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been elected the first Chancellor of Bath Spa University. I look forward to playing a part in the University’s growing success and international renown.

“Being a believer in the importance of integrated education I am delighted to see the education and research happening at Bath Spa moving in this direction. Having been educated at Sherborne, trained and apprenticed at the Bristol Old Vic including a run at the Theatre Royal Bath it feels right for me to accept this role.

“I hope that my international visibility will be a further aid in attracting students from both this country and overseas. I look forward to my tenure.”

The Chancellor is the ceremonial figurehead of the university and plays an important ambassadorial role for the University.

An investiture ceremony will take place in the autumn when Jeremy Irons will formally be installed as Chancellor of Bath Spa University.

Jeremy Irons at the Ryedale Festival

Jeremy Irons was the Artist in Residence at the 2016 Ryedale Festival. Jeremy read T.S. Eliot and appeared alongside The Heath Quartet, who performed selections by Beethoven.

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A Meeting of Minds: T.S. Eliot and Beethoven’s Late Quartets I
Long Gallery, Castle Howard – 19 July 2016

Jeremy Irons (reader)
Heath Quartet

Beethoven – Quartet no. 12 in E flat (op. 127)
T.S. Eliot – Burnt Norton
Beethoven – Quartet no. 13 in B flat    (op. 130)


A Meeting of Minds: TS Eliot and Beethoven’s Late Quartets II

St Mary’s Church, Birdsall, Malton, North Yorkshire – 20 July 2016

Jeremy Irons (reader)
Heath Quartet

TS. Eliot – East Coker
Beethoven – Quartet no. 14 in C sharp minor (op. 131)


A Meeting of Minds:

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Late Quartets III

Church of St Michael le Belfrey, High Petergate, York – 21 July 2016

Jeremy Irons (reader)
Heath Quartet

T. S. Eliot – The Dry Salvages
Beethoven – Quartet no. 15 in A minor (op. 132)


A Meeting of Minds:

T. S. Eliot and Beethoven’s Late Quartets IV

The Saloon, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York – 23 July 2016

Jeremy Irons (reader)
Heath Quartet

Beethoven – Quartet no. 16 in F major (op. 135)
T. S. Eliot – Little Gidding
Beethoven – Grosse Fuge (op. 133)


Jeremy Irons Photographed by Marella Oppenheim

Marella Oppenheim is a freelance photojournalist.  She worked as an actress for over 30 years, including appearing in Brideshead Revisited with Jeremy Irons. She has remained great friends with him.

Marella is now working on a long term project on ‘Actors Preparing’ and her prints are available for purchase on her website – www.marellaoppenheim.com

Please take the time to visit her website and discover all of her amazing work.

Check back with this post weekly to see an additional image of Jeremy by Marella Oppenheim.

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Photo by Marella Oppenheim. Taken at the Bristol Old Vic – April 2016.

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Photo by Marella Oppenheim. Taken at the Bristol Old Vic – April 2016.

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Photo by Marella Oppenheim. Taken at the Bristol Old Vic – April 2016.

 

Jeremy Irons Recording Entire T.S. Eliot Canon for BBC Radio

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Jeremy Irons recording entire TS Eliot canon, July 2016

Following his acclaimed recordings of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, Prufrock and the Practical Cats,  Jeremy Irons is in the process of recording the remaining TS Eliot poems for BBC Radio 4, in order to complete his readings of the poet’s entire canon.

This was revealed at the TS Eliot Festival 2016 by Jeremy Howe, Commissioning Editor for Drama and Fiction for BBC Radio 4. Howe has been responsible for commissioning Irons’s readings to date, and was discussing the recordings and their qualities before the Festival audience.

Howe also revealed that he is considering a way in which all of the recordings might then be broadcast in chronological sequence, in a major single broadcast event which would reflect Eliot’s development throughout his poetic career.

Jeremy Irons at the 2016 Ischia Global Film and Musica Festival

Jeremy Irons is in attendance at the 2016 Ischia Global Film and Music Festival.

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Jeremy Irons Reads Shakespeare for Refugee Tales

On Friday 8 July 2016, at the Queen’s Walk, Southbank Centre, Jeremy Irons read the last surviving play script handwritten by William Shakespeare, in which he imagines Sir Thomas More making an impassioned plea for the humane treatment of refugees.

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My Dinner with … Jeremy Irons

On Thursday 7 July 2016, at the luxurious Edition Hotel in Central London, Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons helped to officially launch Raindance’s ‘My Dinner With’ series. The veteran British actor hosted an exclusive charity dinner with seven special guests in support of The Independent Film Trust, raising funds that will enable the Trust to advance the cause of independent filmmaking in the UK.

The guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and a gourmet dinner prepared by the internationally renown and award-winning chef, Jason Atherton.

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