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
Strangers on a Train

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.


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]


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.


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In 2005, Nolan wrote a novel called Mephisto Bridge which is as yet unpublished.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



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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