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The only reality worth pursing...

Multi-Dimensional​ Storyteller

Author and Composer

Elaine Nolan

Elaine Nolan is that rare multi-dimensional artist who moves easily from heavenly fine art to the meditative Earth below. She is a classically trained musician and singer, as well as an award-winning author.

Hailing from Co Laois, Ireland, Nolan was also prima cellist in the Celbridge Concert Orchestra, and has appeared with the Carlow Youth Orchestra and the Kildare County Orchestra. She is also a pianist and plays classical guitar and is learning the viola. She's sung as a soprano and a tenor with the Carlow Choral Society, the Wexford Festival Singers, and the Celtic Philharmonic Choir and recorded four albums as a member of the Irish Philharmonic Choir and performed with the group at Carnegie Hall.

No strict classicist, however, Nolan’ latest release is To Sleep Beneath The Stars , an album of earthy and graceful meditation music that's soft, compelling, and perfectly human. As a composer, she is daring enough to mix her classical and Celtic influences with electronic sounds (Cel-Techno, anyone?), a feat that would prove difficult to do effectively for most musicians. Nolan, however, pulls it off with her usual elegance and grace. She has performed her debut work “Non Nobis”, a 3-part soprano work in April 2011, followed by her debut concert September 2012 and more recently “A Rebel’s Heart”, a 1916 Commemoration concert as part of Kildare County Council’s Commemoration Programme.

She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Open University and has won the Cecil Day Lewis Literature Award. Her latest book is the sci fi tale Evolved 2.0: Vortex and was released in March, 2017. Other titles by Elaine include Red Hot Summer and Of Heroes And Kings . Each novel, of course, has an accompanying soundtrack composed by Nolan, as well. She is also studying to become a Sound Healing Practitioner.

The connecting thread running through Nolan’s body of work is her ability to make fine art that conveys her basic humanity to her audiences. No ivory tower recluse, her realness and emotion both expand beyond the bounds of the classical crowd and take up residence in the hearts and minds of any and all who encounter her work, whether musically or in print. Her stock in trade is the immediacy of the culture she creates and is exactly the kind of stuff of which careers are made.

Written by Mike O'Cull (Independent Music Reviewer)

Qualifications and Achievements


  • B.A. (Open) in Arts – Open University
  • Diploma in Music – Open University
  • Diploma in Information Systems – Trinity College, Dublin
  • Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology – ITEC
  • Diploma in Sound Healing Practitioner


  • Cecil Day Lewis Literary Achievement Award
  • Royal Irish Academy Performance Achievements (Pianoforte)
  • Soloist in Shelter Me from the Rain – An Opera for Carlow,
    • commissioned by Carlow County Council
    • – Featured role as a Weather Forecaster



  • Emergence - Premiere solo performance - Shine Discovery Waterford (2018)
  • Adagio to the Dark - Performed by the Ebony Wind Quintet at Wood Quay (2017)
  • Kreasi Chi Gong – Performed by National Concert Hall Gamelan Nua in the National Concert Hall, Dublin (2017)
  • Auroral Eclipse – Performed by ICC Ensemble at IMRO (2017)
  • One Mother – an ICC collaboration with Spoken Word Artists, performed by Kate Ellis & Lisa Dowdall (2016)
  • A Rebel’s Heart – 1916 Commemoration Concert – Kildare Co Council’s Decade of Commemoration - Maynooth Church (2016)
  • The Round Towers – A six-movement orchestral work performed by the Celbridge Concert Orchestra (2014)
  • Debut Concert of Choral, Orchestral and solo performances – Performed in St Clare’s Church, Carlow (2012)
  • Compositional Debut – Leitrim (2011)


  • Piano Day Waterford - Cellist - with Dr Marian Ingoldsby and Pablo IA-Geso (Visual Artist) (2018)
  • Maynooth Church – Cellist & Tenor – Premiere of A Rebel’s Heart (2016)
  • NUI Maynooth – Cellist – Premiere of The Round Towers (2014)
  • St Clares Church, Carlow – Cellist, Pianist and Tenor – Debut Concert (2012)
  • Visual Arts Centre – Soprano – Premiere of commissioned opera Shelter Me from the Rain (2011)
  • Albert Hall – Tenor - Premiere of Karl Jenkin’s Gloria & Fauré’s Requiem (The Really Big Choir) (2010)
  • Wexford Opera House – Tenor – Inaugural Choral Concert (2010)
  • National Concert Hall – various years with Carlow Choral Society
  • Euro Disney Paris and Eu, France– Cellist with Celbridge Concert Orchestra (formally Liffey Valley Orchestra (2001)
  • Carnegie Hall, New York - Soprano – The Irish Philharmonic Choir – Faith of our Father’s Album US tour(1998)
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Centre – Soprano – The Irish Philharmonic Choir – Faith of our Father’s Album US tour (1998)
  • St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, NCH & Wexford 1998 – Soprano – 1998 Commemoration Concert Series (1998)
  • The Point Depot (Now 3Arena) - Tenor – The Irish Philharmonic Choir – Faith of our Father’s Album (1997)


  • Companies Registration Office
  • Employment Rights Inspector, Workplace Relations Commission (Formerly National Employment Rights Authority - NERA)
  • Employment Permits Unit
  • Government Supplies Agency - Office of Public Works (OPW)
  • Programmer and Junior System Analysis - Revenue Commissioners