St Matthias Church – Hire
St Matthias Church
Stoke Newington’s only Grade I-listed church boasts the most magnificent acoustic and is ideal for concerts, performances, recordings and rehearsals and medieval banquets.
See who’s recorded here recently…
And in 2020 Radio 1 piano session incl. Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees by American indie musician Phoebe Bridgers and up-and-coming London singer/songwriter Arlo Parks
Live sessions at St Matthias by emerging musician, songwriter, classical pianist – and doctor by day Ajimal
Swedish pianist and composer Henrik Lindstrandt plays Vaggvisa, a lullaby in neo-classical style
Toilet, hot water urn, heating and lighting.
There is a professional quality concert grand piano on loan to the church which is for hire for £50 per event. It is tuned to A440 pitch and tuned regularly. If you would like it tuned especially for your event, we can arrange that for £70. Otherwise there is a keyboard available at no extra cost but you will need to collect and set up from St Matthias Hall, just along the road.
Versatile moveable pews, and chairs. Disabled access and toilet.
300 (116 socially-spaced)
Some weekdays and most evenings, Saturdays, Sunday afternoons
Contact us now to view the space and get planning your event.
Prices/hire fees are from £60ph but this depends on the event. We charge £80ph for recording / filming.
Please note that you must include setting up and clearing away within your hire time, and bookings are not confirmed until full payment has been received.
Safeguarding – we regard the safe care and protection of children and vulnerable adults as of the utmost importance. You are expected to share this concern and make appropriate provision for the protection of children within your care. By signing the hire agreement, you undertake to meet this expectation.
Thank you to Mac Campeanu for his wonderful photographs capturing the spirit of events at St Matthias Church and the essence of the spaces.
What people are saying about St Matthias
Says singer songwriter Fran O’Hanlon aka Ajimal: “It was a joy to play these songs just as the light was failing in the beauty of the stunning St Matthias’ Church…” June 2020
Says pianist and composer Henrik Lindstrandt: “The slow movement of the piece fitted nicely with the acoustics of the church and I enjoyed every second playing there.” March 2020
Says Peter Quicke, Treasurer of the Wing-It Singers: “St Matthias is a wonderful venue for a choir – the acoustics are sublime. Father David, Jackie and everyone are very helpful. And the stained glass windows are wonderful!” June 2019.
Says choral conductor Hannah Brine: “Thanks so much to the staff at St Matthias for their welcoming and helpful attitude on the night of our performance. It is a lovely space for singing in. I have a choir of over 100 and we had plenty of space to perform. The acoustic is great too…. and the heating!” April 2019
Says Hamish Duff (Blue Top Music – manager of Film composer and pianist Nico Casal): “St Matthias is a beautiful Church with a Grand Piano in perfect condition and along with the excellent acoustics makes it the perfect venue for a concert or recital.” February 2019
Says indie singer/songwriter Kaine Francesco: “When looking for a space to film the music video for Lovely People, I wanted somewhere the person in the story could go to confess their thoughts and doubts, somewhere that was the opposite of a busy London station, somewhere quiet and peaceful, somewhere you could step in, close the door, and feel disconnected from the busy and loud city outside.
“When I stepped into St Matthias’ I was stunned by the beauty of the space. The tranquility made it feel like a little slice of heaven and I knew that it was the perfect place for the video. Serendipitously they had just received a beautiful shiny grand piano the same week, and everything seemed to fit in place. Sitting at the piano, hearing the glorious natural reverb of the church took me back to how I imagined the song when I wrote it and I had to be told off by my crew for playing away as we were running out of time! St Matthias’ is a hidden gem and I will appreciate being able to film in there forever.”
Says Trustee of Hackney Youth Orchestras’ Trust Rachel Dollimore: “Thank you for your help with planning the Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust/Drake Calleja Trust Concert at St Matthias.It was a wonderful concert and a lovely venue to hold it in – with great acoustics.
“Both the orchestra and choir had a good sound and it is great to both perform and be part of the audience in such beautiful surroundings.”