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Nicholas Martin B.E.M.

Telephone Number :  01530 249998   or   07854 520673

Email address :  organistnick@me.com

Website :  www.nickmartin.co.uk

Address :  8 Thornton Lane,  Markfield,  Leics.,  LE67 9RP 

About Nicholas

Nick's musical career started when he first studied the piano at nine years of age. He began to take a keen interest in the organ shortly afterwards.

During a family visit to Blackpool, in 1969 (at the age of five), he overheard the Wurlitzer organ being played in the famous Tower Ballroom by none other than "Mr Blackpool" - Reginald Dixon. Upon hearing the sound of this unique organ, Nick was totally smitten - in fact, he never quite got over it! Subsequently, after he started learning to play the organ, at age eleven, it became his driving ambition to perform at this famous venue.

Amazingly, Nick's Tower Ballroom ambition was realised in 1981, and he accepted a post as resident organist - an ambition achieved at just 17 years of age! He played there solidly, seven days a week, during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. Quite literally, a dream had come true!

Whilst at Blackpool in 1982 Nick was approached by Nigel Turner a businessman from Northampton. Mr Turner proposed opening a new organ entertainments complex - "Turner's Musical Merry-go-Round". The feature piece would be a large Wurlitzer theatre organ (formerly installed in the Paramount, later Odeon, Cinema Newcastle). This organ was widely recognised to be one of the finest to arrive here in the U.K. - from the Wurlitzer Organ factory in North Tonawanda, New York State, U.S.A.

Nick commenced duty at "Turner's", as resident Wurlitzer organist, in April 1983, and remained there until its closure in June 2004 - a period of some 21years (and two months!). It is widely recognised that during that time, Turner's catered to over three million paying visitors!

Whilst at Northampton, Nick recorded over thirty albums on "Turner's Wurlitzer" as well as Video's and DVD's. He is heard on BBC Radio 2's "The Organist Entertains" programme, and has made several appearances on TV. Another claim to fame is a CD he made of non-copyright music. This is held in the Carlin Recorded Music Library in London, and is used by Media companies world-wide, when the sound of a Wurlitzer theatre organ is required.

One of the major highlights in Nick's musical career was an initial offer (in 1985) to perform in concert at the Kirk of Dunedin - a community church on the West Coast of Florida. Since that first visit, he has been asked to return time after time. February 2010 saw his 25th trip across the Atlantic - still performing to large audiences there. His 30th visit took place in Feb. 2015.

In September 1995, the Nicholas Martin Fan Club was formed. Members receive a quarterly newsletter which explains in great detail about Nick's activities and playing whereabouts. Members are also permitted to come to the "Martin Home Events" - which help to raise money for "Miracles to believe in" (see below). Membership of his Club is over 500 and costs £8.00 per annum.

After Turner's closed in July 2004, Nick became Musical Director at Wicksteed Park (Kettering, Northants.) - a family theme park set in 127 acres. His work there consisted of performing all the music for the afternoon variety shows and accompanying the various acts - by using his Technics G-100. His "term of office" came to an end there in December 2008.

Nowadays, Nick's career finds him performing for the many organ societies and clubs around the U.K. as well as church recitals. 

His main passion though is his family - his wife Marianne and two sons James (19) & Joshua (18). The family live in Markfield, a small village in the north west of Leicestershire. Sadly both James and Joshua are afflicted with autism, which impairs their social interaction, general learning and developmental skills. Even worse, Joshua has no speech whatsoever making communication for him very difficult. Both boys go to the highly regarded Special Needs Academy known as the Dorothy Goodman School in Hinckley, Leics.  

In Feb. 2001 Nick and Marianne co-founded a charity for autistic children: "Miracles to Believe in" (Reg. Charity No. 1101463). The charity helps children, and their families, who suffer with autism (a life-long mental disability). in the East Midlands region. Nick is "Miracles" main fundraiser and ambassador, mentioning the charity at virtually every event he performs at up and down the country. Since 2001, over £350,000 has now been raised to aid those affected by autism in the East Mids. For more infomation you can visit the "Miracles" website at www.miracles-to-believe-in.co.uk

For his relentless and tireless support of the "Miracles to Believe in" charity, and the fight against autism, Nick was awarded the B.E.M. (British Empire Medal), in the Queen's New Years Honours List (Dec. 31st 2014). In May 2015 Nick & Marianne were invited to Buckingham Palace to meet her Majesty the Queen.     

Nicholas 's Photo Gallery

At the Burton Wurlitzer  Nick at Blackpool Tower - 1981 For Your Pleasure CD Cover

Nicholas 's Concert Diary

Nicholas 's Festival appearances

Nicholas will also be featured at the following festivals this year.


February 27th

   AOE Musical Break

March 17th

   Mercure York

March 31st

   Seacroft Spring Spectacular

March 31st

   Fine Festival - Chester

April 10th

   Wizard Festivals Music For All

May 7th

   The Blackpool Extravaganza


July 9th

   AOE Summer Break

September 7th

   The Nottingham Belfry

Concerts in 2017
December 3rdSinging Hills Wurlitzer
December 7thHarrogate Electronic Organ & Keyboard Club
December 8thBristol Hammond and Electronic Organ Society
December 10thGainsborough Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

Christmas concert 2.30pm

December 16thBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
December 19thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club (more details)

Christmas Supper 6.30 start admission by ticket £9 members, £11 guests

Concerts in 2018
January 8thNuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)

Tel: 01455 290145

January 10thWorld of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)
January 20thPrivate Event (more details)

1.30pm Start

January 25thKingswinford and District Organ Society
January 30thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
February 7thPeel Green - Theatre Organ Heritage Centre
February 9thLeisure Centre, Whittlesey, Cambs. (more details)

7.30p Start

February 12thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
February 21stBurton Upon Trent Town Hall (more details)

2.00pm start

March 2ndwww.finetuneevents.co.uk / Chester Festival (more details)

Tel: 01530 249998 Co-hosted with Liz Harrison

March 3rdwww.finetuneevents.co.uk / Chester Festival (more details)

Tel: 01530 249998 Co-hosted with Liz Harrison

March 4thwww.finetuneevents.co.uk / Chester Festival (more details)

Tel: 01530 249998 Co-hosted with Liz Harrison

March 5thCheadle and District Organ Society
March 14thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
March 21stGreat Yarmouth Live Keyboard Music Club
April 6thSt. Crispin's Retirement Village, Duston, Northampton (more details)

7.30pm Start

April 8thNorth Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society (more details)

Doors Open 2.00pm, Admission £6.00.

April 11thKings Lynn Organ Club
April 15thCinema Organ Society (more details)

Burgh Hall, Pollackshaws, Glasgow

April 22ndElderbank Hall, Brize Norton, Oxon (more details)

Tel: 01993 843985

May 12thAshfield School Hall, Sutton Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts.
May 13thPeterborough Theatre Organ Preservation Society (PTOPS) (more details)

7.00pm Start

May 17thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club
May 20thScarborough Electronic Organ Society (more details)

Sunday 2.30pm

June 10thOssett Town Hall - Northern Theatre Organ Trust
June 17thShropshire Theatre Organ Trust
June 24thBurtey Fen Collection
July 12thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE)
July 24thCinema Organ Society - Southern District (more details)

Evening concert at Troxy

July 27thCrawley Keyboard Club
September 4thBexley Music Club
September 12thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
September 28thSheppey Organ Club
October 21stAston Village Hall, Cotes Rd, Aston, Oxon (more details)

Tel: 01993 843985

November 5thNottingham Organ Society
November 15thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society
December 2ndCinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District
December 17thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton
December 18thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
Concerts in 2019
June 25thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club