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Clive Nolan Biography

clive2Clive Nolan is a British musician, composer and producer who has played a prominent role in the recent development of progressive and symphonic rock.

Born in Gloucestershire, he was a pupil at Wycliffe College and King's School, Gloucester. He completed his B. Mus and M. Mus degrees at London University where he studied composition, orchestration and conducting. He has been the regular keyboard player in Pendragon (1986–present), Shadowland (1992–present), Strangers on a Train (1993–1994), Arena (1995–present) and Caamora (2006–present) as well as writing music and lyrics for Arena, Shadowland, Caamora and numerous other projects.

Nolan is the founder member of The Caamora Theatre Company formed to produce and perform the Clive Nolan musicals. The premiere of 'She' took place in Katowice Wyspianski Theatre in Poland in October 2007. Subsequently, full theatrical performances of 'She' were performed in January 2010 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, followed by the eight-man 'She in Concert' variation in Holland in September 2011. In February 2012 theatrical version of 'She' debuted in the UK in Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre.

He was voted Best Keyboard Player by Classic Rock Society in the years: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2010 the Bolivian government awarded him with the title of Honorary Visitor to Santa Cruz, Bolivia for his theatre work in the city of Santa Cruz. In 2013 he was awarded with the Polish MLWZ "Golden Lexicon Award" for Outstanding Achievements in Music for his musical 'Alchemy'.

Nolan released his new musical 'Alchemy', with libretto based on the composer's original story, early in 2013. In February 2013 the live show was recorded for the DVD at the famous Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland. The full theatrical shows of 'Alchemy' were performed by the Caamora Theatre Company at the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre in September 2013.


Career

1. Music - bands and selected releases:

  • clive3Arena: Songs from the Lion's Cage (1994), Pride (1995), Welcome to the Stage (1997), The Visitor (1998), Immortal? (2000), Breakfast in Biarritz (2001), Contagion (2002), Caught in the Act (dvd 2003), Live and Life (2004), Pepper's Ghost (2005), Smoke and Mirrors (dvd 2006), The Seventh Degree of Separation (2011)
  • Caamora: Closer (EP 2006), Walk on Water (EP 2007), Embrace (EP 2008), Journey's End – an Acoustic Anthology (2008), She (cd/dvd 2008)
  • Casino: Casino (1992)
  • Clive Nolan: Skeletons in the Cupboard – Archive vol.1 (2003)
  • Clive Nolan & Oliver Wakeman: Jabberwocky (1999), The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)
  • Clive Nolan with China Zorrilla and Noel Calcaterra: Otra Vida (2011)
  • Neo: Broadcast (dvd 2007)
  • Nolan and Barrett: A Rush of Adrenaline (dvd 2006)
  • Pendragon: 9:15 Live (1986), Kowtow (1988), The World (1991), The Very Very Bootleg (1994), The Window of Life (1993), Utrecht... the Final Frontier (1995), The Masquerade Overture (1996), Live in Krakow (1996), Not of this World (2001), Acoustically Challenged (2002), Believe (2005), Past and Presence (dvd 2007), Pure (2008), Concerto Maximo (dvd 2009), Passion (2011), Out of Order Comes Chaos (dvd 2012)
  • Shadowland: Ring of Roses (1992), Through the Looking Glass (1994), Mad as a Hatter (1996), A Matter of Perspective (2009), Edge of Night (dvd 2009), Cautionary Tales (dvd/cds box set 2009)
  • Strangers on a Train: The Key Part One: The Prophecy (1990), The Key Part Two: The Labyrinth (1993)
  • 'Alchemy the Musical' (2013)

2. Theatre:

ctc2Since 2006 Nolan has been working with Polish singer Agnieszka Swita in the project ‘Caamora’. The premiere of Nolan's rock opera ‘She’, a musical version of the 19th-century novel under the same title by H. Rider Haggard, took place in Katowice Wyspianski Theatre in Poland in October 2007. The event was followed by the release of 'She' both on DVD and CD in 2008.

Full theatrical performances of ‘She’ were performed in January 2010 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia featuring Bolivian chorus, dancers and Chilean and Bolivian guest musicians next to the original European cast.

In 2010 The Caamora Theatre Company was formed to perform full theatrical versions of Clive Nolan musicals.

The eight-man concert version of ‘She’ was performed in Holland on September 3, 2011. This event featured the interactive video including the scenery and the shots of 'Caamora Chorus' which  later on performed live in the UK production of the musical in 2012.


CHELT-neil-sm-fr-trIn February 2012, 'She' in its full theatrical version was performed over four nights in The Playhouse, Cheltenham, England.

Nolan released his new musical 'Alchemy', with libretto based on the composer's original story, in early 2013. In February 2013 the live show was recorded for the DVD at the famous Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland. The full theatrical shows of 'Alchemy' were performed by the Caamora Theatre Company at the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre in September 2013. 

Clive has just announced the title of his next project, a musical "Mephisto Bridge".  

3. Writing:

  • In 2005, Nolan wrote a novel called ‘Mephisto Bridge’ which is as yet unpublished and is currently being shopped for a deal.


Learn more about...

  • Clive's Bands and Projects:

ARENA, PENDRAGON

  • Clive's Musicals:

'SHE - The Musical', 'ALCHEMY - the Musical'

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