Conversational Evensongs

Introduced in 2013 by our former Curate, Fr Andrew Downes, Conversational Evensong has proved to be a very popular monthly service with both regular parishioners and visitors alike. Guests who are influential in Church and Public life, such as Archbishop Rowan  Williams, Jonathan Aitken,  Jeremy Vine, Baroness Cox, Sir Anthony Seldon  and Frank Field MP, are invited to St Nicholas and asked to choose a piece of music, a reading and a favourite object and explain why they have chosen them. They also share with us something of their faith journey and where God is to be found in their lives and offer us a short reflection.

After the service has finished, we socialise over drinks and light refreshments before concluding with further questions to our Guest from the congregation. Although “lighter” in tone than a conventional evensong service, Conversational Evensong provides an opportunity over ninety minutes or so to really get to know our guests and what makes them tick and we have been privileged to have had some profound and moving services.

Past Evensongs


Sunday September 19th, 2017, 6pm
Born in London in 1945, John Rutter CBE is a composer, conductor, editor, arranger and record producer, mainly of choral music. In 1996 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music.
Sunday February 5th, 2017, 6pm
Graham Tomlin was born a child of the manse, his father was a Baptist minister. He was Vice-Principal of Wycliff Hall Theological College for eight years before moving to London to launch St Paul’s Theological Institute, part of St Mellitus College, where he was their first principal. He was consecrated Bishop of Kensington in 2015.
Sunday January 15th, 2017, 6pm
Our very own George Nissen shared his memories of working in the city at a time of great change, its challenges and rewards.
Sunday November 20th, 2016, 6pm
Sandra Horne volunteered for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
Dr Barry Morgan Sunday October 2nd, 2016, 6pm
Archbishop Barry has been Archbishop of Wales since 2003. Apart from his work as Archbishop he has written extensively on the work and poetry of R S Thomas.
Fr Andrew Downes Sunday April 24th, 2016, 6pm
Fr Andrew Downes, formerly Curate at St Nicholas, began our In Conversation series three years ago. Now it’s his turn to tell us his story.
Timothy Radcliffe Sunday February 21st, 2016, 6pm
Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, is a Roman Catholic priest, Dominican friar and a former Master of the Order of Preachers. A prolific author, his book “What is the point in being a Christian?” won the Michael Ramsey prize for religious writing in 2007.
Baroness Neuberger Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Baroness Neuberger, DBE
Member of the British House of Lords
Eva Schloss Eva Schloss
Auschwitz survivor and half-sister to Anne Frank. Leading campaigner for peace and reconciliation.
royjenkins Dr Jane Hawking
Dr. Jane Hawking, former wife of Professor Stephen Hawking, will share with us something of her faith journey and her life and work, including her thoughts on the Oscar-winning film of their marriage The Theory of Everything.
royjenkins Rev’d Roy Jenkins
Baptist Minister from Wales and much-loved contributor to Radio 4’s Today programme Thought for The Day.
Bentley Browning Bentley Browning
Writer, broadcaster and comedian Bentley Browning shared details of his life and his work.
Anthony Seldon Anthony Seldon
Master of Wellington College
Richard Harries Lord Richard Harries
Former Bishop of Oxford
Victor Stock Revd Victor Stock
Dean Emeritus of Guildford Cathedral
Bishop Paul Rt. Rev. Paul Williams, former Bishop of Kensington
Ordained in 1992, Bishop Paul became Bishop of Kensington in 2009, and was responsible in the Diocese of London for parishes in the west of London, from Knightsbridge out to Staines, until he was elected Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham in May 2015.
Deiniol Morgan Reverend Deiniol Morgan
Chaplain to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in Afghanistan
Rowan Williams
Lord Williams of Oystermouth and former Archbishop of Canterbury
Frank Field Rt Hon. Frank Field MP
Veteran social reformer and campaigner famously charged by Tony Blair with “Thinking the unthinkable”
Dean_of_ Westminster The Very Rev’d Dr John Hall
Dean of Westminster Abbey
His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster
The Very Rev’d Dr David Ison
Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral
Jonathan Aitken
Minister under Margaret Thatcher’s government
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TV Presenter
The Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin
Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons
Baroness Cox