Rev. Ernest Marvin

Rev. Ernest Marvin

Radio Hallam’s Religious Producer is the Reverend Ernest Marvin who was born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland. He took a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford and later went to Cambridge to read Theology.

Ernest was ordained in 1956 and spent sixteen years at St. James’ Presbyterian Church, Lockleaze, Bristol. These were pioneering days, he recalls, and it was at this church that he and a colleague, Ewan Hooper, wrote one of the first Rock Operas “A Man Dies”. It was a drama which followed the Medieval Mystery Plays which brought together humour, satire and social comment with a Gospel Story and it was performed in modern dress.

After first appearing at a church hall, “A Man Dies” moved one year later, in 1961, to the Colston Hall, Bristol. The production was later televised by ABC Television and subsequently a long playing record “A Man Dies” was released by EMI Records.

A Question was asked in the House of Commons seeking permission to ban the production for its apparently irreligious nature. But the Show went on. “A Man Dies” was presented on Radio Hallam on Good Friday 1975.

Ernest Marvin came to Sheffield in 1973, having spent twelve months in the USA preaching and lecturing. He is a minister of St. Andrews United Reformed Church in Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, as well as being the Chaplain to the University of Sheffield.

His weekly programme “Break For Faith” is heard on Sundays at 9.00 p.m. and he is regularly joined by the Reverend Trevor Pitt, vicar of St. Johns Church, Gleadless Valley, and Mr. Peter Lewis, the singer and broadcaster.

Ernest Marvin
1975 ● THIS IS TRANSDIFFUSION