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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

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.

2019

March 4th

   Association Of Organ Enthusiasts

March 8th

   Top Note Events - York

April 1st

   Keyboard Cavalcade Spring Spectacular

May 12th

   Keyboard Cavalcade Blackpool Extravaganza

September 20th

   Top Note Events - Solent

2020

June 29th

   AOE Summer Break

Concerts in 2019
October 2ndLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre (more details)

1.00pm

October 5thVillage Hall, Tydd St. Giles, Nr. Wisbech (more details)

7.30pm

October 6thParkway Club, Peterborough, Cambs.
October 13thAston Village Hall, Oxon. (more details)

2.30pm

October 20thScarborough Electronic Organ Society (more details)

Reginald Dixon Tribute Concert

October 27thStockingford Pavilion Club, Nr. Nuneaton, Warks. (more details)

8.00pm

October 29thSouth Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club
November 3rdBraza Club, March, Cambs.
November 4thNottingham Organ Society
November 5thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

November 7thNorth Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
November 13thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
November 16thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

7.30pm

November 27thLlay Organ Society (more details)

Christmas concert

December 1stParkway Club, Peterborough, Cambs.
December 3rdCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

December 7thVillage Hall, Tydd St. Giles, Nr. Wisbech
December 8thSherwood Forest Comm. Ch., Main St., Blidworth (more details)

1.00pm Tel: 07966 461812

December 10thWithernsea Organ Society
December 11thSutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society
December 14thSwinsehead Village Hall (more details)

SVHMC DANCE 7.30pm

December 15thHaddenham Village Hall, Cambs. (more details)

7.30pm

December 21stCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

7.30pm

December 24thStockingford Pavilion Club, Nr. Nuneaton, Warks.
Concerts in 2020
January 6thNuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)

7.30pm Tel: 01455 290145

January 7thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

January 13thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
January 18thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

7.30pm

January 23rdKingswinford and District Organ Society
January 27thLeyland In Tune (more details)

7.30pm

February 4thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

February 5thPeel Green - Theatre Organ Heritage Centre (more details)

1.00pm

February 9thCinema Organ Society - Northern District (more details)

2.30pm

February 15thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

7.30pm

February 22ndMemorial Hall, High St., Atherstone, Warks. (more details)

8.00pm

March 2ndCheadle and District Organ Society (more details)

7.30pm

March 3rdCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

March 7thSawley Methodist Chapel, Tamworth Rd, Long Eaton (more details)

2.00pm

March 17thBedworth Organ Society (more details)

7.30pm

March 19thDivine Infant of Prague Church, Broad St. Syston, Leics. (more details)

2.00pm

March 21stCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

7.30pm

April 4thAsfordby Village Hall, Nr. Melton Mowbray (more details)

7.30pm

April 5thBraza Club, March, Cambs. (more details)

8.00pm

April 7thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

April 18thBeer Wurlitzer (more details)

2.00pm

April 19thNorth Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society (more details)

Doors open 2.00pm Admission £6.00.

April 21stCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa (more details)

2.00pm

April 26thPollockshaws Wurlitzer, Glasgow (more details)

2.45pm

May 2ndMethodist Church, Staveley, N. Derbys. (more details)

Tel: 01246 475101

May 3rdElderbank Hall, Station Rd, Brize Norton, Oxon. (more details)

2.30pm

May 5thBexley Music Club (more details)

7.30pm

May 9thCambridge Electronic Organ Society
May 26thHastings & Bexhill Organ & Keyboard Society
June 6thVillage Hall, Lilbourne, Warks.
June 14thBurtey Fen Collection (more details)

Please book in advance on 01775 766081

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

Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel

July 19thShropshire Theatre Organ Trust
August 13thSleaford Organ Club
October 14thEast London and Essex Electronic Keyboard Club
October 15thHarrogate Keyboard Club
October 18thScarborough Electronic Organ Society (more details)

Reginald Dixon Tribute Concert

December 13thSheppey Organ Club (more details)

afternoon christmas concert

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

Xmas Concert

Concerts in 2021
March 7thSinging Hills Wurlitzer
April 8thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society