Tuesday, December 19, 2017

MNDA Christmas Carol Concert

Can he be more beautiful?

Photos via @EddieRedmayneJP and @affable_selene on Twitter

Eddie Redmayne showed his support at the Motor Neurone Disease Association 
Carol Concert yesterday night! He spoke at the event held at the Royal Hospital 
Chelsea’s Wren Chapel on Monday (December 18) in London, England. He was 
joined by his wife Hannah. Stephen Hawking was also reportedly in attendance, 
as well as his daughter Lucy. - Justjared article - Daily Mail article with photos.
Photos in the Eddie Redmayne Central Gallery
Cick on the normal pic here to open the full-size image (3150x2000).

 Eddie with Lucy Hawking

His reading of A Visit from St Nicholas
was transfixing.

Eddie read 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'
a poem by Clement Clarke Moore, (1779 - 1863)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house 
 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; 
 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
 In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; 
 The children were nestled all snug in their beds, 
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; 
 And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap, 
 Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap, 
 When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, 
 I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. 
Away to the window I flew like a flash, 
 Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. 
 The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow 
 Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, 
 When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, 
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, 
 With a little old driver, so lively and quick, 
 I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, 
 And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name; 
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! 
 On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen! 
 To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! 
 Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!” 
 As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, 
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; 
 So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, 
 With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too. 
 And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof 
 The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. 
As I drew in my head, and was turning around, 
 Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. 
 He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, 
 And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; 
 A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, 
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.

 His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! 
 His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! 
 His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow 
 And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; 
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, 
 And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; 
 He had a broad face and a little round belly, 
 That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly. 
 He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, 
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; 
 A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, 
 Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; 
 He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, 
 And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, 
And laying his finger aside of his nose, 
 And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose; 
 He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, 
 And away they all flew like the down of a thistle, 
 But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, 
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Eddie with Suzi Digby OBE

 Update 21st Dec.: Suzi Digby posted two more lovely photos of the Voce Chamber Choir concert
in the Wren Chapel of the Royal Chelsea Hospital in aid of Motor Neurone Disease. (1) (2)

Eddie's parents Patricia and Richard Redmayne also attended, you can spot them on this photo.

at the Motor Neurone Disease Association Carol Concert. Source: @ismaildocrat

Royal Chelsea Hospital Wren Chapel

...Redmayne forged close links with the charity as a result of filming The Theory of Everything,
the biopic of Professor Stephen Hawking which clinched him a Best Actor Oscar. He and his
pregnant wife Hannah Bagshawe mixed with cricket commentator David Gower, Dragons’
Den star Deborah Meaden and Hawking’s daughter Lucy, before Redmayne gave a reading.
Good to see a portrayal can be for life, not just for Christmas. (ES)

Photo by daviddaniels9858: Eddie Redmayne at the Christmas
Carol Service this week at the Royal Hospital Wren Chapel.

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