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Jean Martyn's Manager, Bob Ware, keeps us up to date on her latest projects including her recent appearances on Britain's Got Talent!
Apart from her normal programme of concerts Jean performed a concert in her local church attended by an audience of approximately 300, where she played many military marches, some of the Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn favourites, a Glenn Miller selection concluding with Pomp and Circumstance. In attendance were standard bearers of the Mercian Regiment, Royal Engineers, British legion and a contingent of officers and men and their wives from Royal Air Force Cosford. This event raised in excess of £1600 for Help for Heroes.
Unknown to Jean and myself, one of her followers had contacted the organisers of Britain's Got Talent at Thames Television. She received an invitation to an initial audition where she played on her Yamaha stage piano. The other auditions have been on her Yamaha EL900 at the request of Thames television. The first audition was held at the NEC in Birmingham. Jean has so far passed three auditions with the latest to a packed audience in the Manchester Opera House where she received a standing ovation. The Judges were Michael McIntyre, Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff. All the comments from the judges were extremely favourable where Jean played jazz and boogie style.
Jean is scheduled to appear in London on the 5th and 6th of March, details to be advised, which is one step before the semi final of this competition.
The main feature of this competition is that the artists appearing are judged on entertainment value alone. This has of course bought the use of electronic organs to a much wider audience, which may well assist a number of the organ clubs if they advertise this fact in their locality.
I am sure that Yamaha will be very interested and pleased to hear this news which is giving them publicity.
I hope that this is of interest to your readers, organ clubs and other players.
Well done Jean!
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