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 will also be featured at the following festivals this year.
|Concerts in 2021|
|January 4th||Nuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)|
|March 7th||Singing Hills Wurlitzer|
|April 8th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society|
|July 1st||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
Evening Concert, Mercure Bewdley The Heath Hotel
|October 21st||Harrogate Keyboard Club|