Music in the Garden

Music in the Garden

Date: Saturday 21st June
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Price: £10 full £8 concession
Location: St Matthew’s Courtyard Garden
(or indoors if the weather is wet)

Maria Gayle-Rogers (voice), John Collis (piano) and Katie Hasler (clarinet) will be performing in the St Matthew’s courtyard garden (or indoors if the weather is wet).  They will be performing a cycle of songs in English by contemporary Dutch composer Kees Schoonenbeek. This will be followed by another cycle of songs for voice, clarinet, and piano by Spohr, sung in German.

Simply Soweto Encha

Simply Soweto Encha

Dates: Friday 20th & Saturday 21st June
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Price: £15
Location: St Matthew’s Church

just Performances

Simply Soweto Encha, a five-piece a cappella group that sings gospel, soul, jazz, doo-wop, and R’n’B both in African and popular styles. In their shows, Simply Soweto Encha celebrate South African oral and dance traditions by performing Zulu, Xhosa, and Swahili songs, full of rhythm and harmonies. Headliners of the Just Festival in Edinburgh in the last two years, you will be sure to leave this performance with a smile on your face and your feet dancing.

Challenging, Changing and Championing the Narrative Around Young People

Date: Thursday 19th June
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Price: £5 
Location: St Matthew’s Church

The Foyer Federation will facilitate a discussion on the perception of and narrative around young people in today’s society and what can be done to shift this into more positive territory. With Jane Slowey, CEO of The Foyer Federation, Colin Falconer, Director of Innovation at The Foyer Federation, and Simon Blake, CEO of Brook.

Too Much, Too Soon. What do we Really Expect of Children?

Date: Tuesday 17th June
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Price: £5 
Location: St Matthew’s Church

In a world often fixated on economic growth and marketing opportunity, children are especially vulnerable. What responsibility does society take for ensuring children and young people are not exploited, or is this simply the responsibility of parents? 

Mothers’ Union cares for children and families in more than 80 countries and campaigns for children to be valued for who they are, not what they own or what they look like. In this conversation we’ll explore these issues and try to work out what can we do to let children be children.  With Reg Bailey CBE, Chief Executive of Mothers’ Union.

Earth Be Glad - Humanity, Nature and Spirituality in the Face of the Environmental Crisis

Date: Monday 16th June
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Price: £5 
Location: St Matthew’s Church

Humanity, nature and spirituality in the face of the Environmental Crisis: Apocalypse, miracles, repentance, and the story of Jonah and the Whale as you've never heard it before. Belief in God optional: belief in climate change required. Nothing is ever going to be the same. Don't be afraid. Turn into the hope. With Dr Eleanor Harris, historian, campaigner, and director of Earth Be Glad, a project of St John’s Church, Edinburgh.


Dreams and Visions in Art – Art Talk by Lydia Bauman

Date: Sunday 15th June
Time: 20:00 - 21:00
Price: £5
Location: St Matthew’s Church

The history of dreams and visions in art, is at first sight a history of men and women asleep in a variety of uncomfortable and improbable positions...but the theme of dreams and visions is also one in which two levels of reality meet – the physical  reality of the dreamer – or the person experiencing a vision – and the reality, whether explicitly shown or implied, of the dream or the vision experienced. 

How these two realities relate to one another, is what differentiates the treatment of this theme at different points of art history. Visions are usually experienced by saints and people of the church in Christian art, to express God’s intercession in the handling of their affairs, and to persuade the faithful of the worthiness of the saints of their godly status. Lydia will guide you through examples of such imagery in the work of painters from 15th century Netherlands, through the Renaissance and Baroque, to the 19th century.

Faces of Faith by Lydia Bauman

Date: Sunday 15th June
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Price: FREE
Location: St Matthew’s Church

Faces of Faith is a series of representations of faces of deities from across different faiths and eras. The deities themselves come to us as statues, reliefs and other objects of veneration constituting the marvellous and rich body of devotional art to be found in churches, temples, altars and now museums all over the world. 

In this series Lydia interprets faces of gods from Greece, India, China, Mexico, Japan, Egypt, Europe, unifying them all by identical format and displaying them all together in a group. What transpires is that for all their individual characteristics, and despite their pre-eminent importance to the faiths they represent, they are all in fact equal.

Trees, Jewish Spirituality, and our Relationship with Nature

Date: Sunday 15th June
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Price: £5
Location: St Matthew’s Church

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Rabbi at New North London Synagogue and Senior Rabbi of the Masorti Movement, will present a reflection on trees. Engaging with Jewish sources and more contemporary ones, he will explore how trees and nature are interwoven into the Jewish faith, and think more broadly about the individual’s relationship with the natural world.

The Real Westminster

Date: Saturday 14th June
Times: 14:00 - 15:30 & 19:00 - 20:30
Price: £10 full £8 concession
Location: St Matthew’s Church

Local residents with an SW1P postcode can get 'pay what you can tickets'.  Residents will need to show something with their address on arrival.  Enter the code realJW14 to reserve local resident free tickets.

Spare Tyre will respond to stories and insights from people living and working in the community surrounding St Matthew’s Westminster. The Real Westminster will encapsulate the rich history of St Matthew’s Church alongside a very diverse London, where people live cheek by jowl.

Artists Lisa Muten, Carly Louise Butler, and Jodie Saunders will explore themes and insights from members of the local community and identify the challenges of cultural and economic inequality that they face. This interactive performance, set within the inspirational St Matthews Church, will use visual art, music and movement.

Generously supported by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders