The St Michael's Men’s Group arranged "An Evening With Toby Marchand' (our vicar) on Thursday 12th April in the Charnley Hall, following the format of that well know Radio 4 programme "Desert Island Discs". The event was a great success, attracting an audience of 35 members from the congregation.
Toby had chosen eight recordings of music and narrative pieces interspersed by questions put to him by Mike Ashwood. The music included:
- a Jazz piece from Belize (where he first met Madi when they were both on VSO duties there),
- a cello work and other classical works (Elgar’s Nimrod’, the’ Dies Irae’ from Verdi’s Requiem and ‘Cum Sancto Spiritu’ from Rossini’s Petite Mess Solenelle).
- Amusing extracts from ‘Beyond the Fringe’ (Take a Pew)
- a speech by Martin Luther King
- a performance by the Monks at Chevetogne in Belgium near which Toby had spent many rewarding times at a nearby retreat.
Toby spoke of his early life, his travels and his ministry at his various churches, and provided us with an insight into his plans for retirement (which included furthering his proficiency playing the cello).
The book he chose was Dante’s Divine Comedy and his luxury item an everlasting supply of ice cream!
After answering a few further questions from the audience we concluded with a ‘Ploughman’s Supper’. It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening which will provide many happy and interesting memories for all who attended.