Martin was born in Southport in Merseyside into a family where music was a huge part of everyday life. His grandfather was the variety entertainer Billy 'Uke' Scott, and it was obvious from an early age that performing was in his blood.
After singing in his parents' local church as a boy, once Martin's voice broke he started singing on stage both at school and with a local drama group, The Hoghton Players. After completing his English degree at St John's College, Oxford, he took the decision to train his voice and try for a career as a professional performer. Now, some twenty years later, his work sees him working not only as a soloist in opera and concerts, but also writing, directing and appearing in straight theatre.
Martin has worked for some of the UK's leading opera companies, including English National Opera, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera and Garsington Opera. He is well known as an interpreter of some of the most famous buffo bass roles, including Dr Dulcamara, both the Mozart and Rossini Bartolos, and Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro. More recently, Martin has won great acclaim for his early forays into Wagner, in particular the role of Alberich, and he won the Audience Prize at the 2014 Wagner Singing Competition in London.
Martin has a long connection with and enthusiasm for the works of Gilbert & Sullivan: he made his professional debut with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre as Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard in 2003, and is delighted to have recently returned to that role along with the title role in The Mikado and Sir Marmaduke in The Sorcerer for the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company's 2016 season.
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