Choir President – Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor. He left school at fifteen and became an apprentice gardener in the local nursery, following this with full-time training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew before becoming a writer and broadcaster.
Alan was the main presenter of Gardener’s World and the hugely popular Ground Force, and has also presented How To Be A Gardener, British Isles – A Natural History, The Great British Village Show, The Nature of Britain and now four series of Love Your Garden. For thirty years he has presented the BBC’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show. His own daytime show on ITV, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, which ran for eight years, featured a combination of music, the arts and conversation, an he presents his own radio show on Classic FM on Saturday mornings.
He writes regularly in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and Country Life and is gardening correspondent of The Daily Express and The Sunday Express, as well as having a weekly comment page in The Sunday Telegraph. Alan has written more than 50 gardening books, a Christmas anthology, nine novels, four volumes of memoirs and a various books on monarchy and Englishness.
In 1997 Alan was named “Yorkshire Man of the Year”. He was appointed MBE in the 2000 New Years Honours List, and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire in 2001, when he was also immortalised by Madame Tussaud’s. In 2004 he received the Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest accolade in the British gardening world, and in 2009 he was made a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society and in 2013 he became the RHS’s first Ambassador. He is also an Ambassador of The Prince’s Trust and a Patron of the Prince’s Countryside Fund as well as being patron or president of over 50 charities. From 2008-9 he was High Sheriff of the Isel of Wight and in the autumn 2015 became Chancellor of Winchester University.
Alan lives with his wife in Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight.
Kevin Jacot – Musical Director
Kevin Jacot has recently been appointed Musical Director for the popular, Odiham based Hampshire Male Voice Choir. Kevin began his musical education as a chorister at St. Michael’s College, Tenbury, and later sang for London cathedrals and churches whilst studying Music at the University of Surrey.
Kevin is an accomplished pianist and fine tenor singer who relishes the pleasure and satisfaction of public performance. He enjoys playing the piano and singing for local community groups and manages the “Sing for Joy” choir and the Chase Singers. He is also in demand as an organist and violin soloist for local churches.
On a more light-hearted side, Kevin has performed at the London Palladium with Sir Cliff Richard, Julia Migenes and Clive Rowe and has sung his own arrangement of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ with Sir Cliff at his house in St. George’s Hill.
As a composer Kevin has written a variety of songs and arrangements, including “We’ll Meet Again”, commissioned for the 2005 Farnham Festival and sung in the Maltings by over 250 school children.
In 2016 Kevin was commissioned by the Farnham Festival to write a piece for the school children of Farnham to sing as part of the 2017 festival. He has composed several choral and secular pieces for choirs that he has conducted, including a setting of the Mass performed in Winchester Cathedral. At the Army Benevolent Fund concert in December 2017 Hart Male Voice Choir will launch Kevins’s arrangement of Peter Skellern’s beautiful song “Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory”.
Kevin has broadcast for the BBC and has sung for various Choral Societies in the South of England. Performances include tenor solos in Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and the evangelist in Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’.
In his new role of Musical Director for Hart Male Voice Choir Kevin is excited at the prospect of working with the 65 strong choir as he accepts the conductor’s baton from Margaret Brackenborough after her five successful years of rehearsals, concerts and concert tours with Hart Male Voice Choir.
Margaret Brackenborough – Deputy Musical Director
Margaret joined Hart Male Voice Choir as Deputy MD in June 2012 and took over as Musical Director in January 2013. She brought her enthusiasm and sense of enjoyment to Hart MVC and developed a warm sound for the choir for which the choir has become renowned.
As Deputy Musical Director Margaret will work with Kevin Jacot to provide support and to continue her interest in the choir’s progress.
Margaret is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors.