Clive Nolan

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Clive Nolan
Clive Nolan at The Borderij in Zoetermeer 2018.jpg
Nolan at The Boerderij in Zoetermeer 2018
Background information
Born (1961-06-30) 30 June 1961 (age 58)
United Kingdom
Genres Progressive rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, writer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard
Labels Verglas
Associated acts Arena
Pendragon
Shadowland
Caamora
Strangers on a Train
Neo
Casino

Clive Nolan (born 30 June 1961) [1] is a British musician, composer and producer who has played a prominent role in the development of progressive rock. He has been the regular keyboard player in Pendragon (1986–present), Shadowland (1992–present), Strangers on a Train (1993–1994) and Arena (1995–present), as well as writing lyrics for Arena and producing or co-producing several other bands' albums.

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At the age of sixteen, Nolan became the youngest musician in England (at the time) to gain an A.L.C.M. composition diploma from the London College of Music. [2]

In 1982, Nolan won the cup and two medals at the composers competition in the Cheltenham Music Festival. [2]

Nolan is a music graduate, holding both a B Mus and M Mus. He played violin, cello and viola, although his main study while at university was composition, orchestration, musical arrangement and conducting. [2]

In 2008 Nolan's rock opera, She, was filmed for DVD in Katowice, Poland. [3] In 2010 the show was again performed in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Since then, Nolan has started the Caamora Theatre Company, [4]

Musicals

Besides his progressive rock ventures, Nolan has written a rock-opera, She based upon the novel by Sir H Rider Haggard. In 2008, it was filmed for DVD in Katowice, Poland. [3] In 2010, the show was again performed in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Since then Nolan has started the Caamora Theatre Company, [4] and turned She into a full musical, which was performed for the first time at The Playhouse in Cheltenham in 2012. [5]

Nolan's musical Alchemy finished its run at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the West End of London in August 2014. The libretto is based on the composer's original story. [2] He created a sequel entitled King's Ransom in 2017. [6] Both musicals have now taken the first step towards becoming full theatrical-release feature films.

Writing

He wrote the lyrics for the 43-minute metal song "Crimson II" by Edge of Sanity, which came out in 2003.

In 2005, Nolan wrote a novel called Mephisto Bridge which is as yet unpublished. [7]

Awards

Discography

With Arena

With Pendragon

With Shadowland

With Caamora

With Strangers on a Train

With Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman

With Casino

With Barrett

With Neo

With Clive Nolan

With China Zorilla and Noel Calcaterra (story by Elizeth Schluk)

With Gandalf's Fist

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    - Teamrock News: Donockley, Nolan, Stevens and Mitchell guest with Gandalf’s Fist