Clive Nolan // Artist of The Week

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

Clive Nolan

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 musicals of Clive Nolan. 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. Recently, the revived theatre shows were performed again at the Cheltenham Playhouse in September 2015 during the anniversary event, “The Fire and the Quest”. ‘She in Concert” was also performed in Germany in 2015 and Holland in 2016.

He was voted Best Keyboard Player by Classic Rock Society in the years: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016. 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 second 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. In 2013 and 2014 the concert version of ‘Alchemy’ headlined musical and theatre events in the UK and Holland. In August 2014 ‘Alchemy’ was performed over a week at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the London Off-West End. In november 2014, ‘Alchemy’ returned in a concert version to be performed in Reichenbach, Germany. Recently the musical was once more performed at the Cheltenham Playhouse as part of “The Fire and the Quest” festival.

 

Clive Nolan with Arena

Studio

  • Songs from the Lion’s Cage (1995)
  • Pride (1996)
  • The Visitor (1998)
  • Immortal? (2000)
  • Contagion (2003)
  • Pepper’s Ghost (2005)
  • The Seventh Degree of Separation (2011)
  • The Unquiet Sky (2015)

Live

  • Welcome to the Stage (1997)
  • Breakfast in Biarritz (2001)
  • Live & Life (2004)
  • Arena: Live (2013)
  • Arena: XX (2016)

EP’s

  • The Cry (1997)
  • Contagious (2003)
  • Contagium (2003)

Compilations

  • Ten Years On (2006)

Videos/DVDs

  • Caught in the Act (2003) (live)
  • Smoke & Mirrors (2006) (live)
  • Rapture (2011) (live)
  • Arena: XX (2016) (live)

Clive Nolan with Pendragon

  • The Jewel (1985)
  • Kowtow (1988)
  • The World (1991)
  • The Window of Life (1993)
  • The Masquerade Overture (1996)
  • Not Of This World (2001)
  • Believe (2005)
  • Pure (2008)
  • Passion (2011)
  • Men Who Climb Mountains (2014)

Clive Nolan with Shadowland

Albums

  • Ring of Roses (1992), reissued with two extra tracks (1997), remastered with bonus tracks (2009)
  • Through the Looking Glass (1994), reissued with one extra track (1997), remastered with bonus tracks (2009)
  • Mad as a Hatter (1996), remastered with bonus tracks (2009)
  • A Matter of Perspective (2009)

DVDs

  • Edge of Night (2009)

Box sets

  • Cautionary Tales (2009)

Clive Nolan with Caamora

  1. Clive Nolan & Agnieszka Swita – Closer – CD – 2006
  2. Caamora – Walk on Water (Mini-Album) – CD – 2007
  3. Caamora – Embrace (Single) – CD – 2008
  4. Caamora – Journey’s End… An Acoustic Anthology – 2CD – 2008
  5. Caamora – She – 2CD / 2CD Digipak / 3LP – 2008
  6. Caamora – She (Live) – DVD / DVD+2CD / 2CD – 2008

Clive Nolan with Strangers on a Train

  1. The Key – Part 1 – The Prophecy – Verglas 1990
  2. The Key – Part 2 – The Labyrinth – Verglas 1993

Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman

  1. Jabberwocky – Verglas 1999
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Verglas 2002

Clive Nolan with Casino

  1. Casino – Verglas 1992

Clive Nolan with Neo

  1. Broadcast (DVD) – Metal Mind 2007

Clive Nolan

  1. Skeletons in the Cupboard -Archive – Vol 1 – Verglas 2003

Clive Nolan with Gandalf’s Fist

  1. A Forest of Fey 2014
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