Alan Titchmarsh and Bruce Parker shared musical influences and memories at the University of Winchester

24 May 2017

Hampshire residents joined Alan Titchmarsh MBE and Bruce Parker MBE for a special evening of music, memories and anecdotes at the University of Winchester last week.

The pair shared anecdotes and memories interspersed with some of their favourite musical influences, including Gilbert and Sullivan, the Ground Force theme tune, Handel and Tchaikovsky, in Memorable Moments in Words and Music.
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The event raised over £1,300 to support the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust, which raises funds to help repair and restore some 900 active historic churches in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight dating from the eighth to the twentieth century.
Lady Joan Appleyard, Chairman of the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust, said: "It was a fantastic evening from two consummate broadcasters. We are very grateful to Alan, Bruce, and the University for their support in providing such a wonderful evening."
Alan Titchmarsh MBE spoke about his journey from choirboy to Chancellor of the University of Winchester, broadcaster, novelist and horticulturalist. He started his career as a gardeners' apprentice at the age of 15 before moving into print and broadcast journalism and presenting programmes such as BBC Gardeners' World and Ground Force. He has written nine novels, three volumes of autobiography and over 50 gardening books. 
Alan and Bruce, veteran television broadcaster and former presenter of BBC South Today, know one another well, having worked together on BBC news and current affairs programme Nationwide. Bruce was the first presenter of BBC Antiques Roadshow, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, and during his time at the BBC he interviewed every Prime Minister from Eden to Blair. He is also Chairman of the Friends of Winchester Cathedral.
"The Trust is run entirely by volunteers and we are always looking for new members," said committee member Meryl Balchin. "If anyone wishes to join us to help secure the future of these magnificent buildings please visit our website ( so we may continue our important heritage work."

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