Jeremy Irons Attends 2018 Carol Concerts

Jeremy Irons has been a reader at several Christmas Carol Concerts in London, this month.

On Monday 3rd December, Jeremy was a reader at the Children & the Arts Carol Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London.

 

 

 

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On Wednesday 5th December, Jeremy was a reader at the Place 2 Be Carol Concert at St. Marylebone Parish Church, with special performances from Laura Wright and the St Mary’s C of E Primary School Choir, Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, Paula Wilcox, Joanne Good and SANSARA.

Funds raised will help us reach children and young people in schools across the UK – but if you weren’t able to attend, you can still support our vital work. Even a small donation can make a big difference: https://donate.place2be.org.uk/

 

 

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On December 6th, Jeremy attended the Maggie’s Centres Carol Concert at Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

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Jeremy Irons at Christmas Carol Concert

Jeremy Irons participated in a Christmas Carol Concert to benefit the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Jeremy read the poem “Christmas” by John Betjeman (text at the bottom of this post).

See an album of photos from the event HERE.

Details from cadoganhall.com

Join Children & the Arts at Holy Trinity for their sixth annual carol concert for a festive evening with special guests Julie Walters, Jeremy Irons, Emilia Fox, Brian Blessed, John Suchet, Laura van der Heijden and Amore. Collegium Musicum of London also perform.

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts champions the power of the arts to transform the lives of disadvantaged children throughout the UK. Since 2006 they have worked with over 100,000 children and have ambitious plans to build on this in future.

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Christmas by John Betjeman

The bells of waiting Advent ring,
The Tortoise stove is lit again
And lamp-oil light across the night
Has caught the streaks of winter rain
In many a stained-glass window sheen
From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.

The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
‘The church looks nice’ on Christmas Day.

Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says ‘Merry Christmas to you all’.

And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.

And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children’s hearts are glad.
And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!’
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.

And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?

And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,

No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare –
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.

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Jeremy Irons to Participate in Christmas Carol Concert

From www.childrenandarts.org.uk

We are delighted to announce that renowned British Actor Jeremy Irons has joined our fantastic line up of guests at this year’s Carol Concert.

Buy tickets HERE – (Very limited seating still available as of 29 November)

Jeremy, an Ambassador for Children & the Arts will be joining Julie Walters, Emilia Fox, Brian Blessed, John Suchet, Amore, Laura van der Heijden and The Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir who will all be delivering a Christmas reading or live music performance at the concert on Monday 10 December at Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square.

Doors to the church open at 7pm and the performance will begin at 7.15pm. Delicious mulled wine and warm mince pies will be sold outside the church courtesy of Partridges in Sloane Square so make sure you get there early!

Tickets can be purchased from Cadogan Hall Box Office online or call 020 7730 4500.

Anthony Grant Portrait of Jeremy Irons

Anthony Grant celebrity portraits: an exhibition in London

SOURCE <– See other celebrity portraits here.

Some 30 years ago, when Anthony Grant’s father died of cancer at the age of 55, Anthony decided he would do something positive to help people with the disease.

He says: “I went home and wrote letters to a long list of well known people I’d always wanted to meet with the idea of photographing them and using my portraits to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Hospital. The response was completely overwhelming and I was soon taking pictures of such diverse figures as John Gielgud, Henry Moore, Anthony Hopkins, Joanna Lumley, Dudley Moore, Harold Wilson, Enoch Powell and John Cleese.

Within a short space of time I was able to hold a series of exhibitions of my work, beginning at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, before touring the country and displaying the collection at many galleries and museums. I wanted to extend the idea, so I approached my sitters with the idea of photographing them in the various guises of the legendary or historical figure they would most like to have been. This produced an extraordinarily varied response and culminated in the publication of my book “Double Takes” (Robson Books).

Twenty-five years ago the entire collection was put on show at a fund-raising exhibition at the National Theatre. So it is with great delight on my part that the National has offered to stage a retrospective exhibition of this work from Monday 5 March until 24 March.

At this show, I intend to highlight the reasons why the sitters were so forthcoming in the first place – the sad fact being that the cause for which we were raising money then is as valid, if not more so, today. I am linking the National Theatre show to the “Just Giving” website where visitors will be asked to make any donations they can online to the Royal Marsden. Certain key images (signed) will be for sale to help raise even more.”