We are pleased to announce that Clive was voted the Best Keyboard Player of 2014. It is for the eighth time that Classic Rock Society awarded Clive with this prestigious title. Due to other commitments, Clive was unable to participate in the official CRS gala on February 21st. Nevertheless, he thanked CRS members with the following message broadcast during the ceremony:
Clive: “Hello everybody! I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me and allowed me the honour of winning the CRS Keyboard Player award again. That's fantastic! I'm sorry I can't be there to pick it up in person – sadly, I'm in the wrong country, but I look forward to getting my hands on this award soon. I'm thinking perhaps it's because on the last tour with Pendragon I had the new 360 degree rotating keyboard stand and initially I spent quite a lot of time chasing it around in circles... But I did get control over it in the end and I look forward to using it again on the Arena tour coming up soon. So, see you out there somewhere and thanks again! Thank you very much!”
On March 21st, 2015 Clive will return to the CRS with Arena and 'The Unquiet Sky' show.
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The logo for 'The Fire and the Quest' jubilee event in Cheltenham in September 2015 has been designed! Mark Buckingham, an internationally acclaimed DC Comics graphic artist, combined the elements of both Clive's musicals, 'SHE' and 'Alchemy', producing a delightful design in the Victorian Steampunk vein.
Clive: “I really wanted to find a way to encapsulate both the shows in the artwork. I think Mark has achieved this brilliantly with his design - the balance between 'SHE' and 'Alchemy' is just right! This truly defines the event!”
Works on the new productions of 'She' and 'Alchemy' are in full swing. The new versions of the shows will be performed during the September event. The weekend celebrating 10 years of Clive's musicals, will also gather past and present members of the Caamora Theatre Company to take part in 'Beyond the Veil', an acoustic concert on Saturday afternoon. It has been now confirmed that 'The Fire and the Quest' will be filmed to be released by Metal Mind Productions in form of a collector's DVD box set.
The eighth Arena studio album will be released on March 19, 2015. The release date will coincide with the first day of the band's 20th Anniversary Tour including concert dates in most European countries. The work on the new album is in full swing and much of the material is now ready to be revealed... Clive uncovers some secrets behind 'The Unquiet Sky'.
Clive: “I had decided to base the album on a short horror story by M.R. James called 'Casting the Runes' - some people may have seen the old 1957 film version called 'Night of the Demon'. We were looking for an album title and John suggested 'The Unquiet Sky' even though he was unaware of my concept idea - as far as I was concerned, it fitted the mood I had in mind for the album - job done!” :)
Clive: "So here we are again... Christmas seems to roll around faster every year, but then I reckon things get busier every year! I just wanted to take this chance to wish everyone I know (and those I don't) a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Next year will be even busier I think, with the release of a new Arena album, followed by a major tour, and more 'Alchemy' shows, as well as the 'Fire and the Quest' event in September. There will also be more from Pendragon... busy indeed ;)
I hope to see many of you over the future months... to see old friends again, and to make new ones.
Tiny Tim put it best... 'God bless us, everyone!'" ;)
The Caamora Theatre Company is now back from a very satisfying weekend in Germany. 'Alchemy in Concert', performed on November 29th in Reichenbach, turned out to be a huge success as well as a pleasurable experience. Clive's musical was received with great enthusiasm by the cheering audience gathered in the nearly sold out Neuberinhaus Theatre.
Clive: "What an excellent weekend! An epic journey to Reichenbach, followed by a terrific evening of 'Alchemy' in front of our biggest audience to date! A brilliant performance by the whole cast and band (well done guys), was received with such warmth and enthusiasm by the wonderful German audience, all rounded off with a standing ovation and getting to meet many many smiling faces after the show. We finished the show, and all left the stage and I went backstage to change some clothes and sort a few things out... I was then sitting down having a well earned drink when someone pointed out that the audience was still clapping and cheering... Couldn't believe it! Massive 'thank yous' to Uwe Treitinger and all the guys behind the show. It was a triumph!"