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Martin has loved playing keyboards, pianos and church
organs all his life. He was born in Bristol in the summer
of 69, and then spent his childhood in Sheffield. He
went to college in Nottingham, and then to the University
of Durham working for his degree in music. He returned
to Sheffield to study for a Masters in composition and
first experience in a band was visiting the music shops
London Road in Sheffield, only managing a
broken drum machine between the members of Blue Vision.
Nice name for a band – shame there was no music!
The next experience was Apul Amba which was good fun
during sixth form days. In Durham he played viola/violin
with the folk band Stiff Picks and Sticky Fingers on
His most recent band experience has
been as a member of the House Band for InYerFace Theatre
Company based in Hillsborough.
has contributed to the second Kate Rusby songbook by
40+ songs by ear and transferring them
to sheet music. He has written a grade 8 keyboard piece
for the exam syllabus of Trinity Guildhall from 2012.
Martin has enjoyed links with the Sheffield Philharmonic
Orchestra: He composed a piece for their 50th anniversary
entitled Rhapsody. He has been a pianist (and viola player)
with the orchestra particularly enjoying "The Eye of
the Wind" by Gordon Giltrap. Martin made further contributions
to the work of Giltrap by adding a harp part to "The
Brotherhood Suite" and arranging "Tears of Joy" for
is part of a music loving family. In 2001, he married
(the same year he finished his doctorate
in composition) and they have two children. His son gets
the better of him with perfect pitch: “That car
horn is an A? No Dad! It’s a B flat”. His
younger sister complains when music is dull and is much
happier if Planet Rock is tuned in!
Martin is really
looking forward to learning MANNING music!
goodness somebody came along who might make use of
that electric violin I bought on a whim!" GuyM