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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.

2018

July 9th

   AOE Summer Break

September 7th

   The Peterborough Marriott

September 24th

   St Audries Bay Organ & Keyboard Weekend

2019

March 4th

   Association Of Organ Enthusiasts

Concerts in 2018
February 12thMedway Organ and Keyboard Club
November 3rdWelland Pk Academy, Market Harborough, Leics. (more details)

7.30pm

November 5thNottingham Organ Society
November 6thSouth Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club
November 8thStandard Triumph Cl. Coventry, Warks.
November 10thCambridge Electronic Organ Society
November 13thBarrowby Village Hall, Nr. Grantham
November 15thWeyhill Electronic Organ Society
November 17thCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa, Lincs.
November 20thCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa, Lincs.
December 1stCoronation Hall, Woodhall Spa, Lincs. (more details)

14.00 Start

December 2ndCinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District
December 3rdFelixstowe Electronic Organ Club
December 8thSt Albans Organ Theatre
December 9thStockingford Pavilion, Nuneaton, Warks.
December 12thBurton Upon Trent Town Hall
December 16thAldermaston Concert Centre
December 17thNene Valley Organ Club - Northampton
December 18thWoodhall Spa and District Organ Society
December 20thEast Herts Modern Organ Club
December 22ndTydd St. Giles Village Hall, Nr. Wisbech
Concerts in 2019
January 5thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa
January 7thNuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)

Tel: 01455 290145

January 13thRutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club
January 15thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa
January 16thBourne Organ Club
January 25thSt Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)

Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5RU Contact Mike Roberts 01359 250704

January 26thWizard Compton, Bristol
January 27thPavilion Cl., Stockingford, Warks.
January 28thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Stockport (more details)

12.00 Lunchtime Con.

February 2ndCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa
February 3rdParkway Cl, Peterborough, Cambs.
February 6thLancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre
February 10thCinema Organ Society - Northern District (more details)

Saltaire Wurlitzer

February 12thBarnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society
February 16thTydd St. Giles Village Hall, Nr. Wisbech
February 19thCoronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa
February 23rdHarworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts
February 24thHarworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts
March 6thAssociation of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)

Evening Concert

March 14thSleaford Organ Club
April 14thNorth Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society (more details)

Doors open 2.00pm Admission £6.00.

May 18thNorth East Theatre Organ Association
May 19thNorth East Theatre Organ Association
June 1stSwineshead Charity Concerts (more details)

SVHMC DANCE 7.30pm

June 9thBurtey Fen Collection
June 16thShropshire Theatre Organ Trust
June 25thNorwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club
July 9thAbergele and District Electronic Organ Society
July 16thBideford Keyboard and Organ Club
July 17thPlymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club
July 20thBelper & District Organ & Keyboard Club
September 19thSussex Keyboard and Organ Club
November 7thNorth Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
November 13thLincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society
December 10thWithernsea Organ Society
December 11thSutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society
December 12thYork Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society (more details)

Xmas Concert with Interval Buffet

December 14thSwineshead Charity Concerts (more details)

SVHMC DANCE 7.30pm

Concerts in 2020
January 23rdKingswinford and District Organ Society