Organist’s visit was enjoyed by all

Organist Jean Martyn and friends
Organist Jean Martyn and friends

EASTBOURNE Mencap’s Hive of Activity had a very special guest when international concert pianist and organist Jean Martyn visited.

Chairman Michael Allen introduced her, explaining that the society always tried to provide the best in everything and Jean as an internationally acclaimed artist, completely professional in her approach, and a truly wonderful entertainer, is the best.

Some 40 people with a learning disability were at the Hive for her visit and she achieved an instant rapport with them playing an enormous variety of music much of it chosen by those present.

Singing, clapping and dancing to her music throughout, all enjoyed this very special morning.

Jean used the Yamaha Clavinova, which was loaned by Bonners, to its full potential producing the sounds of orchestra, theatre organ, piano and many other musical instruments, playing music by The Beatles, Take That, ABBA and others chosen by those present.

Jean makes up to three appearances each year in Europe and America in addition to her busy programme of tours around Britain.

She has performed for James Last, at the Duke of Westminster’s Cheshire home, and last year she gave a performance at St James’s Palace in London for Chelsea Pensioners and servicemen when she was introduced to HRH The Princess Royal, Dame Vera Lynn, Rolf Harris, Esther Rantzen and other celebrities.