Born in Harold Wood hospital in east London at the turn of the millennium, his family moved back to Liverpool in 2001.

 

Aged 4 Cian started taking piano lessons “for fun”, eventually playing in school concerts in junior school.

In 2011 he was introduced to the clarinet, progressing through his ABRSM grades achieving grade 8 in June 2015, picking up grade 5 in jazz alto saxophone along the way.

Becoming a member of Liverpool Music Service’s “Resonate” in 2012 he performed regularly playing clarinet with the Concert Band and Alto saxophone with the Jazz Orchestra under John Padfield .

He was first Alto Saxophone with Sefton Music Service’s Jazz Orchestra under Jed Harris, and has playedAlto- saxophone with the Maghull Wind Orchestra under Phil Shotton.

His first solo outing was aged 12 at “Clouds” Restaurant in Southport playing clarinet with  john Padfield’s jazz quartet. His first “solo” outing in Liverpool was with the Liverpool Jazz Club at the Liverpool “Everyman”  at the age of 15. He has continued to be a regular “jammer” around Liverpool  and has performed professionally around the city both solo and as part of jazz ensembles.

Early in 2016, after an exam free year to pursue “academic” studies, he began studying for his London College of Music Jazz Diploma. In an extraordinary achievement he passed all 3 LCM diploma levels in a single academic year, being awarded his Level 6 “Licentiate” diploma in June 2017 – “Cian Radcliffe LLCM”.

 

He has always been  fascinated by figures and form and from his earliest years was constantly creating sculptures from wax, clay or plasticine. The quality and maturity of his work was quickly recognised at school, and from the age of 9 he was studying art with the school 6th form. Some of his early work was included in the GCSE  group’s exam work exhibition in the school gallery, and his work was perpetually on display around the school.

His work progressed in scope and maturity under the guidance of his friend and mentor, the artist and musician Mike Badger.

Aged just 14 he had his first solo exhibition at the Vitreum Gallery in Crosby curated by Mick Gill, displaying over 90 pieces of sculpture.

He has exhibited widely including the Liverpool Art Fair, Sefton Open Art Exhibition, and in 2014, aged just 14, 3 of his pieces were included in the prestigious “Discerning Eye” exhibition at the Mall Galleries London.

He continues his work producing figurative and abstract works in clay, wire, wood and metal.