Patrick Nolan's full and rewarding performance career has seen him playing flute in chamber, symphony, opera and ballet orchestras. Nolan was Principal Flute for twenty years in firstly the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently The Queensland Orchestra. He has played baroque, classical and contemporary concerti in these orchestras' concert series, and has participated in numerous professional recordings for ABC Classics, ABC Classic FM, Naxos, Tall Poppies and 4MBS Radio.

Since moving from full time orchestral life Nolan has embarked on a career in chamber music performance and in the education of young musicians at tertiary and pre-tertiary levels. He is Specialist Tutor for Flute at the University of Queensland. He is regularly invited to tutor at summer and winter music schools throughout Queensland and the flute and wind sections for Queensland Youth Orchestra ensembles.

In a testimonial after a music camp Patrick was described in the following way by one thankful parent. β€œHe was a skilled teacher, a flute master, a trusted adviser, a workaholic, a perfectionist and a brilliant performer - all rolled into one absolutely wonderful, warm, caring and kind individual."

Patrick derives much satisfaction in his work as a chamber musician. He is a founding member of chamber music ensembles – The Lunaire Collective and the Aether Ensemble. He also regularly plays with the Camerata of St John.