Richmond Residents Dazzled By Pro Performer Martin

Celebrated Bedford musician Martin Cook played his first care home concert this summer to an enchanted audience of Richmond residents.

The singer/keyboardist is well-known in the local area for his barnstorming performances as a solo artist and as part of the bands Single File and Too Many Cooks.

However, Martin had never had the opportunity to do a set of classic songs for care home residents until now.

His wife Clare, who is Richmond’s Wellbeing & Lifestyle Coach, said Martin was blown away by the reaction of his audience.

Clare said: “I deliberately didn’t tell the residents that I’m married to Martin – I wanted their honest opinion of his performance.

“He was delighted to hear that the residents absolutely loved it.

“Martin chatted to them while he set up, then took requests during his set and enjoyed spending time with the residents after he’d finished.

“It was a very different experience to the gigs Martin is used to playing, and he said it was great to have that personal interaction with the audience.

“He’s already said he’d love to come back and play for the residents again.”

An adorable moment came during Martin’s performance of the romantic anthem ‘Love Is In The Air’ by John Paul Young.

He played the song especially for John and Maureen, who had a date night that evening.

The couple came to see Martin play before heading off to enjoy a feast of prawn cocktail, fillet steak and rum and raisin ice cream in a private lounge.

Clare added: “It was a special day for John and Maureen, and they really appreciated Martin’s dedication to them.

“I’ve been telling him all about the residents and how lovely they are since I started working at Richmond, so I think Martin feels like he knows them already!”