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Martin Orbidans

Telephone Number :  07581 407618   or   07881 716302

Email address :  martinorbidans@msn.com

Address :  Melody house,  523 Filton Ave,  Horfield,  Bristol,  BS7 0QF 

About Martin

Hello again!

I am now shore based after quite a long time away. Working backwards I have just had a year off, after 8 years entertaining lots of guests on the cruise ships. This was with Cunard, Crystal, Fred Olsen, Saga, and P and O. (10 ships) It seems to me that my journey in the music world took me back to the sea after all those years in Her majesty's Royal Marines band service, where I worked for 5 years as pianist in the Royal Yacht Britannia. You may remember that I used to tell my funny anecdotes from that time when I was last on the organ circuit. I was very busy doing the organ societies after I left the Royal Marines but I had this itch to travel further afield. So I went off to Cairo for a week, and stayed for 5 years. 

I played at the British Embassy there during that time, and have many happy memories of living in Egypt. I bought a Vespa scooter and really got around. That was until the revolution, which made life less safe. (To say the least)  I was organist at the cathedral and frequently entertained at the jazz clubs there. ( I even put on my own shows at a local theatre next to the Nile)  I had lots of ex pat students and also taught at the American University and in the schools where I had to learn a bit of Arabic. The list goes on and I met lots of really great people. In fact Her Majesty the Queen told me that I must stop name dropping. So I won't bore you with all the folks that I met or accompanied during my years in Egypt or on the ships.  I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to perform every day and thereby see such great improvements in my musicianship.  I still do not understand why music was so much of a drive in my life. But for better or worse I can say that the years playing the organ earlier have been massively influenced by the daily grind of playing the piano for those eight years at sea. What was even better was the fact that my cabin was only one deck from the piano bar! I did get ashore though, seeing some fairly exotic places!

In the end I felt that I just had to stop and try to get back to reality. It has taken me a year to re adjust to life ashore again. When I found a place to live in Devon, called "Harbours End" it was clear to me that I had to stay ashore until I could pick up my music again. 

Currently, after moving house and after the organ festivals at Seacroft, I have really enjoyed getting back to where I left off. Concerts are trickling in for next year, as well as playing outdoors at the steam rallies and festivals. 

 I find it hilarious that the outdoor festival people are billing me as "The Queens Pianist" while I play the evening hymn and sunset, lowering the union jack next to my stage, over my rather oversized black gazebo. All the cadets stand to attention as I try my best to do a one man beat retreat. But hopefully at a safe distance as I can still kill a man with my cornet at 20 paces.

 I have put together my new (old) organ (HE8) the keyboard (KN3000) and the piano along with the military cornet finish and, oh dear, the Colonel Bogey March around the hall at the end.  I am looking forward to catching up with so many old friends.

Bye for now.

Martin

PS  I have now moved to Bristol. Please note my change of address and phone number change.

 

Also...

Martin Orbidans and Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

For the past year, Martin has performed as musical accompanist with Mr Alexander's Travelling Show. As a solo performer, Mr Alexander has presented his classic Family Variety Show for over forty years at the very best events throughout the UK and abroad. Magic, juggling, unicycling, balance and illusion all combine in a spectacular and enthralling entertainment for all ages. Now combining forces with Martin the shows have yet another dimension with the addition of live music.

The two seasoned performers have a strong bond and their repartee and anecdotes keep audiences amused between shows. In the shows themselves the two become a skilled and polished double act invoking memories of Morecambe and Wise or Hinge and Bracket.

Set on Mr Alexander's unique colourful vintage theatre stage, the shows are reminscent of travelling shows of the 1920s and 30s with echoes of Vaudeville and Music Hall. They are surprisingly sophisticated for a twenty-first century audience.

Visit Mr Alexander's website for more details and dates for 2018 - www.mralexander.co.uk

Martin's Photo Gallery

My 1st day in Britannia   All at sea Martins Revolution in Cairo begins

Martin's Concert Diary

Concerts in 2017
December 1stOcean Beach Hotel Bournemouth
December 7thExeter Electronic Keyboard Club
Concerts in 2018
January 17thBroadway Organ Society
February 1stWeston Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

1st Visit to our Club

February 13thEast Devon Organ Club
February 16thBriston Organ Shows
February 17thChelmsford Organ and Keyboard Club
February 20thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
February 23rdPrivate function
February 25thRegis Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

2.30pm

February 27thNew Forest Organ Society
April 8thRutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club
April 9thVictoria hotel Torquay
May 4thRushden Cavalcade (more details)

May 4th - 7th

May 9thNEDOS North east Derbyshire
May 12thMalvern Spring garden Festival
May 17thHarrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club
May 26thHerts County Show
June 9thBarking Folk Festival
June 15thEroica Britannia Buxton
July 7thHollowell steam rally
July 14thWitney outdoor festival
July 22ndBassetlaw steam
August 6thNottingham Organ Society
August 10thShrewsbury Flower Show
August 21stThanet Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club
August 24thIsle of Wight Steam Show
August 31stWallingford Bunkfest (more details)

August 31 to September 2nd

September 8thCambridge Electronic Organ Society
September 26thFaversham Organ & Keyboard Concerts