Born in east London at the turn of the millennium, Cian’s family moved back to Liverpool in 2001.

 

MUSIC

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

In 2012 he was introduced to the clarinet, progressing through his ABRSM classical clarinet 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 2013 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, while playing Alto 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”.

In August 2018 he set up his first band, “Jazzophonists”, playing funky up-tempo jazz to an appreciative and “enthusiastic” audience.

 

ART

Always fascinated by figures and form, from his earliest years he 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 students. Some of his early work was included in the GCSE  group’s exam work exhibition in the school gallery, and his work was 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 the artist Mick Gill, displaying over 90 pieces.

He has exhibited widely including at the Liverpool Art Fair,  the 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. More recently several of his pieces were chosen for exhibit at the premier Northern contemporary art gallery “Kunsthuis” in Crayke, York.

He continues his practice, creating figurative and abstract works in clay, wire, wood and metal.