¡°Marion I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed seeing you perform at the Concert Hall. I was ecstatic and as I was walking out every single person was saying how much they enjoyed and loved to hear you sing.¡±
Franka M. Audience member Melbourne Concert Hall
¡°Marion we were delighted with your tremendous concert at the Melbourne Concert Hall. You were at your sparkling best! You looked stunning in your pink dress and your stage movements were graceful and appealing. The lady sitting next to me ( a stranger) kept digging me in the ribs and ¡®enthusing¡¯ ¡®Isn¡¯t she marvellous¡¯ ¡®She¡¯s the best singer I¡¯ve ever heard¡¯ etc. etc. She was getting another ticket to go to the afternoon performance to see you all over again. Your choice of songs was much appreciated by us all being loved and special pieces we all know and related to. Thank you again for a wonderful concert and we know you will continue to touch the hearts of so many with your songs both modern and Scottish¡±.
Margaret and Lindsay H. Audience members Melbourne Concert Hall
¡°This letter is to express sincere appreciation to you Marion for the magnificent entertainment provided at our Mayoral Ball and International Dinner Ball. I would like you to know how much the guest¡¯s enjoyed Marion Martin¡¯s Floorshow, it has been without precedent the number of letters and phone calls we have received saying how much Marion Martin was enjoyed. Your performance was certainly the highlight of the night. The guests were spellbound for the whole performance, which is an indictment of the performer herself who is a true professional in every sense of the word¡±.
Bev Onley. Mayoral Secretary on behalf of The Mayor City of Moorabbin
¡°The Northern Grampians Shire Council and community are truly indebted to your goodwill and we wish to thank you Marion for your uplifting spirit aiding in the healing process. It was a wonderful celebration after the tragedy of the Bush fires with the evening being a marvellous success and the financial contribution from it a real boon to many people.¡±
Kaye Devlin. Entertainment Centre Co-ordinator Grampians Shire Council
¡°Your performance as this years featured Artist has met with acclaim from both spectators and performers alike. We are grateful for your support and stand out performance.¡±
Stephen P.Cole. Tattoo Producer the Australian Federation Tattoo Ballarat
¡°The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the concert at the Wentworth Club with the delightful Miss Marion Martin and her backing group. The Committee wishes to thank you for what was a slick professional and top quality entertainment. One of the many quotes from the day was ¡®How on earth did you manage to get such a wonderful performer all the way up here for just us¡¯.
Jocelyn Freeman. Theatre Coordinator Mildura Arts Council
¡°Dear Marion you are one of the performers who has the ¡®magic¡¯ to hold an audience in the palm of your hand. There is no doubt you love performing and that is radiated to your audience who can readily become involved with your performance. You are a credit to your
Profession and the way you mixed with the audience after the concert was a credit to yourself as a person.¡±
Cr Val Simpson. Shire President Shire of Diamond Valley
¡°Dear Marion you were absolutely wonderful! And we loved every minute of your show at the Melbourne Concert Hall. In fact everybody did, you should have heard all the great things that were said about you in the foyer.¡±
Geraldine G. Audience member Melbourne Concert Hall
¡°I wanted to write and thank you for what was to me a very special morning at the Cultural Centre. I left feeling stirred and nostalgic, pining I guess for the days and place of my childhood. Thank you again for the sound of your beautiful voice and the feelings you inspired.¡±
Jim and Lyn L. Audience members Proserpine Cultural Centre
¡°On behalf of Casterton Arts Inc. I want to thank you for giving such a delightful performance. You presented so much style and grace which the people of Casterton will never forget.¡±
Robyn Bates. Secretary Arts Casterton Inc.
¡°We were so honoured to hear your beautiful singing in our dear old Regent. Please come again soon.¡±
The Regent Refurbishment Management Committee
¡°We received many congratulations on choosing you to appear at our function and we would like to pass them on to you. It was a performance that was quite outstanding and very well done, thank you most sincerely.¡±
Gwen Prior. Mayor City of Mordialloc
¡°This is a big ¡®thank you¡¯ for a really wonderful evening presented by you last Friday at Geelong. I travelled back to Ballarat feeling as though I could easily have sat through the show again. Again a sincere thank you and I look forward to seeing many more of your concerts and listening to more of your beautiful albums in the future.¡±
Ruth N. Audience member Geelong Performing Arts Centre
¡°Dear Marion we all enjoyed your wonderful performance with the Band of The Scots Guards. Our day was full of joy to see you at your very best. You bring so much happiness into our lives with your glorious voice. Seaspray has never seen such a special performance such as yours, you really make us proud.¡±
Your No 1 Fan Audience member Spray Farm
¡°Thank you for your beautiful contribution to Adelaide Carols by Candlelight. Your programme was so appropriate to the occasion and so splendidly presented. Marion your warmth soon involved the 50,000 people present! Again thank you and congratulations!¡±
Colin Combes. Adelaide Carols by Candlelight Music Producer Pembroke Kensington Park
¡°Congratulations on a wonderful performance you are simply breathtaking.¡±
Audience member Melbourne Concert Hall
¡°You were as usual brilliant, fantastic and even though I enjoyed the Band of the Scots Guards I would have been happier to listen to more of your singing, you really have a superb voice, but your personality is such an added bonus to the audience.¡±
Nola H. Audience member Spray Farm
¡°Quite by accident I stumbled across your albums ¡®The Flower of Scotland¡¯ and ¡®My Love is like a Red Red Rose¡¯. I would like you to know how much pleasure your songs have given to me. How wonderful to hear these Scottish songs sung, as they should be, with great sensitivity. Let me also say that ¡°Memory¡± from Cats is particularly dramatic and beautiful.¡±
Margaret Le G. Sandgate Queensland
¡°Marion thank you for such a beautiful morning at Morwell. We always enjoy your beautiful voice and wonderful wit and entertainment. Thank you beautiful lady with the voice of an Angel.¡±
Margaret and Gordon T. Audience members Kernot Hall Morwell
¡°We really love Marion¡¯s voice. My husband (a TPI) is always playing her CD¡¯s and Videos and always puts them on when we have visitors.¡±
Olga B. Audience member Federation Tattoo Ballarat
¡°Thank you for the pleasure you gave your audience on Saturday night. I was delighted to be among the people who so appreciated your marvellous gifts.¡±
Sister Mary P. (Sisters of Mercy) Audience member Melbourne Concert Hall
¡°Thank you for your marvellous contribution to a most memorable Royal Gala Concert.¡±
Alf Garland National President the Returned Services League of Australia
¡°Marion was quite excellent!¡±
John P.A. Deighton AM MC CEO RSL Victoria Branch Inc.-
¡°Marion you are truly an amazing talent¡±.
Patsy H. Audience member Melbourne Concert Hall
¡°Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the 50th anniversary of the end of WW2 Remembrance concert in Colac. The feedback has been wonderful and our committee unanimously agreed on how spectacular your concert was. Thank you!¡±
Sandra Cain Secretary 50th Anniversary end of WW2 Remembrance concert Colac 1995
¡°Dear Marion you were my Grandmother¡¯s favourite singer. When she died, in 2005, I got her tapes and CD¡¯s and I started to sing along with you. Before that, for 40 years, I thought I had a terrible voice. However, singing those old songs with you showed me I actually have quite a good voice. In 2009, I joined a local choir and then another which took me overseas to sing in sister cities in Japan and Europe. Thank you for all the pleasure you gave my Grandmother and thank you, thank you, thank you, for showing me my voice.¡±
Love Anne M (Woy Woy)
¡°The audience really loved your show Marion it was the highlight of the week!
Upper Yarra Arts & Entertainment Centre
¡°Dear Marion I have been a fan of yours for some time now and tonight you really looked fantastic, you have won my undying admiration of your talent¡±.
Peter R W. Audience member Melbourne Concert Hall
¡°I am commanded by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to thank you for your kind thought in sending Her Majesty the Marion Martin records. Queen Elizabeth is so glad to have them and is looking forward to enjoying an hour of nostalgia listening to Miss Martin¡¯s singing.
Her Majesty can well understand the appeal the songs have for Scots living so far away from home and was most interested to read the newspaper cuttings.¡±
Ralph Hamilton Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
¡°Thank you very much for your participation in the opening concert of the 1985 Festival of Perth. Your professional presentation greatly enhanced a very successful evening. Hoping it may be possible to work with you again.¡±
Captain Fred Rooke LTCL 5 MD Band Karrakatta WA
¡°Marion, just a short note to thank you for the opportunity to see and hear a wonderful show at the Melbourne concert Hall the other night. I thought your performance over two hours was outstanding.¡±
Dr George J. Audience member Melbourne Concert Hall
¡°I must put pen to paper to tell you how much I enjoyed Marion¡¯s concert. It was delightful, delicious and wonderful. It was a great show, so much variety. The gowns were beautiful and so was the lady wearing them ¨C what a figure! Once again sincere congratulations on a wonderful and enjoyable evening. God bless you.¡±
Ruth S. Audience member Melbourne Concert Hall.
¡°My Father loved Marion¡¯s Scottish songs he had all her recordings and played them constantly. He died of cancer recently and at his funeral we played many of his favourite Marion Martin songs, they were so moving. Thank you for the joy you gave him.¡±
¡°Dear Marion Martin we are old patrons of the Melbourne Show from our days as Gippsland dairy Farmers and we travelled over 1000 miles to see the 1985 Show. We came across your lovely singing on the 3AK Show stand and it did our hearts good to hear the fabulous old Scottish songs (My mother¡¯s people were early Scottish settlers at Buccleigh Swamp near Hamilton Vic) sung so beautifully. What a joy to see and hear such a polished performer. Many many thanks again for your lovely singing.¡±
Bob and Mary B. Kempsey NSW
For privacy, the surnames of audience members have been restricted to the first letter of their surname. The original written testimonials recorded here are kept on file in the office of Bluebell Productions.