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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.

These days, Nick's career finds him performing concerts for organ societies/clubs, in churches and at many dance venues around the U.K.  

His main passion though is his family - his wife Marianne and two sons James (23) & Joshua (21). The family live at Markfield, a small village in North West Leicestershire. Sadly both James and Joshua are afflicted with autism, which impairs their social interaction, general learning and developmental skills. Even worse, Joshua is non-verbal making communication for him very difficult. Both James & Joshua go to Special Educational Needs facilities in Loughborough, 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, helping those with 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.    

For details of all Nick's CD & DVD recordings - both for dancing and easy listening purposes please visit his own website at: www.nickmartin.co.uk  

Nicholas 's Photo Gallery

Latest DVD Nick at Blackpool Tower - 1981 For Your Pleasure CD Cover Latest CD

Nicholas 's Concert Diary

Nicholas 's Festival appearances

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

2020

June 29th

   AOE Summer Break

September 20th

   St. Audries Bay

Concerts in 2020
June 6thVillage Hall, Lilbourne, Warks.
June 10thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre (more details)

1.00pm

June 14thBurtey Fen Collection (more details)

Please book in advance on 01775 766081

June 21stBraza Club, March, Cambs. (more details)

8.00pm

June 30thBarnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society
July 1stAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

July 5thOssett Town Hall - Northern Theatre Organ Trust (more details)

2.30pm

July 19thShropshire Theatre Organ Trust
July 27thDerby Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)

7.30pm

August 2ndHaddenham Village Hall, Cambs. (more details)

7.30pm

August 11thEast Devon Organ Club
August 13thSleaford Organ Club
August 16thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society (more details)

2.00pm Ticket only £8.50 Inc. Cream Tea

August 18thRoyalty Cinema, Bowness on Windermere (more details)

12.30pm

August 29thTydd St. Giles Village Hall, Cambs. (more details)

7.30pm

August 30thBraza Club, March, Cambs. (more details)

8.00pm

September 1stCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

September 9thSutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society (more details)

7.00pm

September 15thBarrowby Village Hall, Nr. Grantham, Lincs. (more details)

1.30pm

September 17thLeisure Centre, Whittlesey, Cambs. (more details)

1.30pm

September 19thCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa (more details)

7.30pm

September 21stSt. Audries Bay Festival (more details)

Evening Performance

September 22ndLaunceston Electronic Organ Club
September 26thFleet Organ Society
October 1stKeyboard Cavalcade Festival (more details)

7.30pm

October 2ndBreaston Methodist Church, Notts. (more details)

7.00pm

October 6thCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

October 7thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre (more details)

1.00pm

October 11thAston Village Hall, Cotes Rd, Aston, Oxon. (more details)

2.30pm

October 14thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
October 15thHarrogate Keyboard Club
October 17thCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa (more details)

7.30pm

October 18thScarborough Electronic Organ Society (more details)

Reginald Dixon Tribute Concert

November 2ndNottingham Organ Society (more details)

7.30pm

November 7th Coronation Hall, Woodhall Spa (more details)

7.30pm

November 8thBraza Club, March, Cambs. (more details)

8.00pm

November 17thCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

November 18thWatford Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

7.30pm

November 21stBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)

7.30pm

November 29thHaddenham Village Hall, Cambs. (more details)

7.30pm

December 1stCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

December 6thCinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District (more details)

2.30pm

December 9thBourne Organ and keyboard Club (more details)

7.30pm

December 12thMemorial Hall, Atherstone, Warks. (more details)

8.00pm

December 13thSheppey Organ Club (more details)

afternoon christmas concert

December 15thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society (more details)

Xmas Concert

December 19thCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa (more details)

Xmas Party 7.30pm

December 20thThe Piv, Arbury Rd, Stockingford, Nuneaton (more details)

8.00pm

Concerts in 2021
January 4thNuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)

7.30pm

March 7thSinging Hills Wurlitzer
April 8thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society