- singer / songwriter
Nola York trained at the Webber Douglas Academy. She was the first woman to write a complete musical score for a West End show, "The Lady or The Tiger", which transferred from the Orange Tree to the Fortune Theatre.
Nola and Michael Richmond wrote the music and lyrics for Beaumont's "The Knight of the Burning Pestle" in which they both performed at the Swan Theatre, Worcester and the Greenwich Theatre, directed by Sam Walters.
She wrote "Love Match" with Robin Hawdon, performed at the Theatre Royal, Windsor and has written and performed many songs and themes for films/TV and radio including BBC World Service, "English by Radio" co-writing and performing an English language album for Longmans, "Sky High" with Brian Abbs.
Nola toured and sang with the girl group "The Chantelles", formerly known as the "Lana Sisters", with whom the late Dusty Springfield began her singing career under the guidance of Riss Chantelle. Nola also wrote and released a 12" single in Holland - "Hi Fantasy", which climbed to number 4 in the UK dance charts. She is presently working on a new musical and has been commissioned to write the music for a television drama series.
"Wild Wild Women" was written by Nola & Michael Richmond for the Orange Tree's anniversary. It transferred to the Theatre Royal, Windsor, and on to The Astoria, in the West End .
It played again at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2001, where due to its popularity it was given an extended run. Such was the success that almost 12,000 people came to see this production.