Clive Nolan

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Clive Nolan
Clive Nolan at The Borderij in Zoetermeer 2018.jpg
Clive Nolan at The Boerderij in Zoetermeer 2018
Background information
Born (1961-06-30) 30 June 1961 (age 57)
United Kingdom
GenresProgressive rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, writer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard
Associated actsArena
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 recent 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, Clive won the cup and two medals at the composers competition in the Cheltenham Music Festival.[3]

Clive is a music graduate, holding both a B Mus and M Mus. Nolan played violin, cello and viola, although his main study while at university was composition, orchestration, musical arrangement and conducting.[4]

In 2008 Nolan's rock opera She was filmed for DVD in Katowice, Poland.[5] In 2010 the show was again performed in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Since then, Nolan has started the Caamora Theatre Company,[6]


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.[7] In 2010 the show was again performed in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Since then Nolan has started the Caamora Theatre Company,[8] and turned She into full musical, which was performed for the first time in the UK at Cheltenham's Playhouse Theatre in 2012.[9]

Nolan's musical Alchemy finished its run at the Jermyn Street theatre in London's West End in August 2014. The libretto is based on the composer's original story.[10] He created a sequel entitled King's Ransom in 2017.[11] 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In 2005, Nolan wrote a novel called Mephisto Bridge which is as yet unpublished and is currently being shopped for a deal.[12]


Classic Rock Society Best Keyboard Player award won in the years: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011.[13] Honorary Visitor to Santa Cruz, Bolivia award received in 2010 from Bolivian government for his theatre work in Santa Cruz.[14]


with Arena[edit]

with Pendragon[edit]

with Shadowland[edit]

with Caamora[edit]

  1. Clive Nolan & Agnieszka Swita - Closer - CD - 2006[citation needed]
  2. Caamora - Walk on Water (Mini-Album) - CD - 2007[citation needed]
  3. Caamora - Embrace (Single) - CD - 2008[citation needed]
  4. Caamora - Journey's End... An Acoustic Anthology - 2CD - 2008[citation needed]
  5. Caamora - She - 2CD / 2CD Digipak / 3LP - 2008[citation needed]
  6. Caamora - She (Live) - DVD / DVD+2CD / 2CD - 2008[citation needed]
  7. Caamora - She (The Definitive Edition) - 2CD+2DVD+2CD - 2008[citation needed]
  8. 'Alchemy the Musical' (2013) (cd/dvd/ box set)[15]
  9. ‘King’s Ransom’ (2017) (cd box set)[16]

with Strangers on a Train[edit]

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

with Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman[edit]

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

with Casino[edit]

  1. Casino - Verglas 1992

with Barrett[edit]

  1. A Rush of Adrenaline (dvd 2006)

with Neo[edit]

  1. Broadcast (DVD) - Metal Mind 2007

with Clive Nolan[edit]

  1. Skeletons in the Cupboard -Archive - Vol 1 - Verglas 2003
  2. Hidden Treasure (2015)

with China Zorilla and Noel Calcaterra (story by Elizeth Schluk)[edit]

  1. Otra Vida (2011)

with Gandalf's Fist[edit]

  1. A Forest of Fey 2014[17][18]


  1. ^ "Official Pendragon website: band member info". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  2. ^ "Caamora Theatre Company".
  3. ^ "Caamora Theatre Company".
  4. ^ "Caamora Theatre Company".
  5. ^
  6. ^ Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^
  8. ^ Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Caamora Theatre Company".
  11. ^ "King's Ransom Official Site".
  12. ^ "Caamora Theatre Company".
  13. ^ "Caamora Theatre Company".
  14. ^ "Caamora Theatre Company".
  15. ^ "Alchemy the Musical". Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  16. ^ "News". Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  17. ^ GANDALF'S FIST - A Forest of Fey (2014) at
  18. ^ Teamrock News: Donockley, Nolan, Stevens and Mitchell guest with Gandalf’s Fist

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