Top organist to entertain at Belper concert

Organist Nicholas Martin

Organist Nicholas Martin

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The next Belper and District Organ and Keyboard Club will take place on Saturday, June 20, from 7.30pm.

The venue is The Congregational Church, Green Lane, Belper, and the concert features the return of ex-Blackpool Tower and Turners Musical Merry-Go-Round organist Nicholas Martin.

Nick’s musical career started when he first studied the piano at nine. 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 Reginald Dixon. Upon hearing the sound of this unique organ, Nick was totally smitten. In 1981, 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.

Nowadays, Nick’s career finds him performing for the many organ societies and clubs around the U.K. as well as church recitals.

He also performs and raises a lot of money for charity. He was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Years honours list in December 2014 for his considerable fundraising events.

Admission is £5 for members and £7 for non-members, including refreshments. For further details call 01773 827204.