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 will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2019|
|November 27th||Llay Organ Society (more details)|
|December 1st||Parkway Club, Peterborough, Cambs.|
|December 3rd||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|December 7th||Village Hall, Tydd St. Giles, Nr. Wisbech|
|December 8th||Sherwood Forest Comm. Ch., Main St., Blidworth (more details)|
1.00pm Tel: 07966 461812
|December 10th||Withernsea Organ Society|
|December 11th||Sutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society|
|December 14th||Swinsehead Village Hall (more details)|
SVHMC DANCE 7.30pm
|December 14th||Sunday Showtime, Live Music at Swineshead Village Hall (more details)|
SVHMC DANCE 7.30pm
|December 15th||Haddenham Village Hall, Cambs. (more details)|
|December 21st||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|December 24th||Stockingford Pavilion Club, Nr. Nuneaton, Warks.|
|Concerts in 2020|
|January 6th||Nuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)|
7.30pm Tel: 01455 290145
|January 7th||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|January 13th||Medway Organ and Keyboard Club|
|January 18th||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|January 23rd||Kingswinford and District Organ Society|
|January 27th||Leyland In Tune (more details)|
|February 1st||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|February 5th||Peel Green - Theatre Organ Heritage Centre (more details)|
|February 9th||Cinema Organ Society - Northern District (more details)|
|February 18th||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|February 22nd||Memorial Hall, High St., Atherstone, Warks. (more details)|
|March 2nd||Cheadle and District Organ Society (more details)|
|March 3rd||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|March 7th||Sawley Methodist Chapel, Tamworth Rd, Long Eaton (more details)|
|March 17th||Bedworth Organ Society (more details)|
|March 19th||Divine Infant of Prague Church, Broad St. Syston, Leics. (more details)|
|March 21st||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|March 28th||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts (more details)|
|March 29th||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts (more details)|
|April 4th||Asfordby Village Hall, Nr. Melton Mowbray (more details)|
|April 5th||Braza Club, March, Cambs. (more details)|
|April 7th||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|April 18th||Beer Wurlitzer (more details)|
|April 19th||North Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society (more details)|
Doors open 2.00pm Admission £6.00.
|April 21st||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)|
|April 26th||Pollockshaws Wurlitzer, Glasgow (more details)|
|May 2nd||Methodist Church, Staveley, N. Derbys. (more details)|
Tel: 01246 475101
|May 3rd||Elderbank Hall, Station Rd, Brize Norton, Oxon. (more details)|
|May 5th||Bexley Music Club (more details)|
|May 9th||Cambridge Electronic Organ Society|
|May 13th||World of Music (formally North East Derbyshire Organ Society)|
|May 18th||Hull - The Organised Music Society (TOMS)|
|May 23rd||Methodist Church, Chipping Norton, Oxon (more details)|
|May 26th||Hastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society|
|June 6th||Village Hall, Lilbourne, Warks.|
|June 10th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre (more details)|
|June 14th||Burtey Fen Collection (more details)|
Please book in advance on 01775 766081
|June 30th||Barnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society|
|July 1st||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel
|July 5th||Ossett Town Hall - Northern Theatre Organ Trust (more details)|
|July 19th||Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust|
|July 27th||Derby Organ and Keyboard Club (more details)|
|August 13th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|August 16th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society (more details)|
2.00pm Ticket only £8.50 Inc. Cream Tea
|August 18th||Royalty Cinema, Bowness on Windermere (more details)|
|September 9th||Sutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society (more details)|
|October 1st||Keyboard Cavalcade Festival (more details)|
|October 11th||Aston Village Hall, Cotes Rd, Aston, Oxon. (more details)|
|October 14th||East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club|
|October 15th||Harrogate Keyboard Club|
|October 18th||Scarborough Electronic Organ Society (more details)|
Reginald Dixon Tribute Concert
|November 2nd||Nottingham Organ Society (more details)|
|November 18th||Watford Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)|
|November 21st||Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club (more details)|
|December 6th||Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District (more details)|
|December 13th||Sheppey Organ Club (more details)|
afternoon christmas concert
|December 15th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society (more details)|
|Concerts in 2021|
|March 7th||Singing Hills Wurlitzer|
|April 8th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|