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.

Professor Francis Ames-Lewis

June 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

When he retired after 36 years lecturing at Birkbeck, University of London, Francis Ames-Lewis was the Pevsner Professor of the History of Art. He studied medical sciences at the University of St Andrews before gaining an MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

He was Vice-Master, and Acting Master, of Birkbeck College. He served as Chairman of the Society for Renaissance Studies, and was Trustee of the Samuel Courtauld Trust. He is Vice-President of the Leonardo da Vinci Society, a Trustee of the Guild of Handicraft Trust, a Trustee and Treasurer of the William Hogarth Trust, and is Chairman of the Friends of St Nicholas  Church, Chiswick.

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

March 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lord Mark Malloch‐Brown is a former number two in the United Nations under Kofi Annan as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world, and also remains deeply involved in international affairs.

He is the author of “The Unfinished Global Revolution” that casts an autobiographical lens on the state of the world. In 2005 Time Magazine put him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He continues to write, broadcast and lecture about international issues.

Dominic Grieve

January 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dominic is a barrister appointed Queen’s Counsel since 2008 and has been the MP for Beaconsfield since 1997. He is Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee and Trustee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Under the Coalition Government Dominic was the Attorney General for England and Wales and the Advocate General for Northern Ireland until July 2014.

Dominic was the Shadow Attorney General from 2003-09, Shadow Home Secretary from 2008-09 and Shadow Justice Secretary from 2009-10.