Organist to entertain in concert

Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin

Nicholas Martin is to be the guest performer in the latest concert to be staged by the Belper and District Organ and Keyboard Club.

The concert is on Saturday, June 21, starting at 7,30pm, at The Congregational Church, Green Lane, Belper.

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, he overheard the Wurlitzer organ being played in the famous Tower Ballroom by none other than Mr Blackpool himself 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 11, it became his driving ambition to perform at this famous venue.

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.

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.

Admission to the concert is members £5 and non members £7 including refreshments. For more details, call 01773 824609 or 827204.