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 2018|
|February 12th||Medway Organ and Keyboard Club|
|November 3rd||Welland Pk Academy, Market Harborough, Leics. (more details)|
|November 5th||Nottingham Organ Society|
|November 6th||South Yorkshire Keyboard and Organ Club|
|November 8th||Standard Triumph Cl. Coventry, Warks.|
|November 10th||Cambridge Electronic Organ Society|
|November 13th||Barrowby Village Hall, Nr. Grantham|
|November 15th||Weyhill Electronic Organ Society|
|November 17th||Coronation Hall, Woodhall Spa, Lincs.|
|November 20th||Coronation Hall, Woodhall Spa, Lincs.|
|December 1st||Coronation Hall, Woodhall Spa, Lincs. (more details)|
|December 2nd||Cinema Organ Society - Midlands and Wales District|
|December 3rd||Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club|
|December 8th||St Albans Organ Theatre|
|December 9th||Stockingford Pavilion, Nuneaton, Warks.|
|December 12th||Burton Upon Trent Town Hall|
|December 16th||Aldermaston Concert Centre|
|December 17th||Nene Valley Organ Club - Northampton|
|December 18th||Woodhall Spa and District Organ Society|
|December 20th||East Herts Modern Organ Club|
|December 22nd||Tydd St. Giles Village Hall, Nr. Wisbech|
|Concerts in 2019|
|January 5th||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa|
|January 7th||Nuneaton and District Organ Society (more details)|
Tel: 01455 290145
|January 13th||Rutland Organ and Keyboard Music Club|
|January 15th||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa|
|January 16th||Bourne Organ Club|
|January 25th||St Edmundsbury In Tune (more details)|
Horringer Community Centre, The Street, Horringer, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5RU Contact Mike Roberts 01359 250704
|January 26th||Wizard Compton, Bristol|
|January 27th||Pavilion Cl., Stockingford, Warks.|
|January 28th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Stockport (more details)|
12.00 Lunchtime Con.
|February 2nd||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa|
|February 3rd||Parkway Cl, Peterborough, Cambs.|
|February 6th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|February 10th||Cinema Organ Society - Northern District (more details)|
|February 12th||Barnsley White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society|
|February 16th||Tydd St. Giles Village Hall, Nr. Wisbech|
|February 19th||Coronation Hall, Spa Rd, Woodhall Spa|
|February 23rd||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts|
|February 24th||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts|
|March 6th||Association of Organ Enthusiasts (AOE) (more details)|
|March 14th||Sleaford Organ Club|
|April 14th||North Lincolnshire Theatre Organ Preservation Society (more details)|
Doors open 2.00pm Admission £6.00.
|May 18th||North East Theatre Organ Association|
|May 19th||North East Theatre Organ Association|
|June 1st||Swineshead Charity Concerts (more details)|
SVHMC DANCE 7.30pm
|June 9th||Burtey Fen Collection|
|June 16th||Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust|
|June 25th||Norwich Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club|
|July 9th||Abergele and District Electronic Organ Society|
|July 16th||Bideford Keyboard and Organ Club|
|July 17th||Plymouth Broadway Organ & Keyboard Club|
|July 20th||Belper & District Organ & Keyboard Club|
|September 19th||Sussex Keyboard and Organ Club|
|November 7th||North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club|
|November 13th||Lincoln Electronic Organ and Keyboard Society|
|December 10th||Withernsea Organ Society|
|December 11th||Sutton in Ashfield Electronic Organ Society|
|December 12th||York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society (more details)|
Xmas Concert with Interval Buffet
|December 14th||Swineshead Charity Concerts (more details)|
SVHMC DANCE 7.30pm
|Concerts in 2020|
|January 23rd||Kingswinford and District Organ Society|