Book Now for Supporters' Event

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014


Booking is now open for this year's Supporters' Event: an evening of Words and Music at the beautiful St Paul's Church in Covent Garden.


Run this year in collaboration with NADFAS, the evening on Wednesday 1 October will combine a talk by noted designer and architectural writer Matthew Rice and a recital by renowned Russian pianist Pavel Timofeyevky. 

Matthew Rice will talk about 'The Unlovable Church', offering an insight into those wonderful churches, featured in his Rice's Church Primer, which can be found in the less favoured parts of the country where support is hard to find.

Pavel Timofeyevsky will perform a beautiful programme including Chopin's Impromptu op 36 and Scherzo op 39, Debussy's Clair De Lune (from Suite Bergamasque), and Gershwin-Timofeyevsky's Rhapsody in Blue paraphrase.

Tickets cost £27.50, and include drinks and canapes. Matthew Rice will also be doing a book-signing. Doors will open at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm start, should you wish to arrive early to explore the famous venue of the Actors' Church, an Inigo Jones masterpiece. Carriages will be at 9pm.

Ticket numbers are limited, and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. To reserve your tickets, please apply online via the NADFAS website at

If you are unable to to apply for tickets online, you can send a cheque for your chosen number of tickets to the National Churches Trust, 7 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB. Please ensure that the cheque is made out to the National Churches Trust, and that you include a note with the names and contact details of those attending (including home addresses, email addresses and phone numbers). If tickets are still available, we will post them out to you within three days.


About Matthew Rice

Matthew Rice is a designer and architectural writer. A regular contributor to the Country Life magazine, he is the author of many beautifully self-illustrated books on Britain’s architectural history including Village Buildings of Britain, an illustrated survey of Britain’s village building styles to which HRH Prince Charles contributed a foreword, Building Norfolk, an illustrated history of Norfolk's buildings up to today, and Rice’s Church Primer, an illustrated explanation of the language of architecture in Britain’s churches, from the restrained Norman style of William the Conqueror to the gilded excesses of the Baroque. Matthew is the Managing Director of his wife, Emma Bridgewater's, pottery company - and Matthew and Emma live in Oxfordshire with their four children. 

About Pavel Timofeyevksy

Pavel Timofeyevsky is one of the most versatile young musicians of his generation. A pianist and composer, Pavel began his music studies at the age of six at the Gnessin Music School in Moscow. In 1995 he joined the Purcell School of Music in London, where he won many prestigious awards including the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year award. From 2002-2008 he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and he has been the Musician in Residence at St John's Church in Notting Hill since 2009. Pavel has performed in many venues across the UK including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and St. Martin- in-the-Fields Church, and to wide acclaim in Paris, Barcelona, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Calcutta and Mumbai. In September 2014 Pavel will make his American debut, which will include a recital at New York's prestigious Merkin Hall. 

  • St Paul's Church, Covent Garden

  • St Paul's Church, Covent Garden

  • Matthew Rice

  • Pavel Timofeyevsky