John Radcliff (1842-1917)
into a family of amateur flautists, John Radcliff started learning as a
youngster. It is said that he provided himself with a penny whistle which he
converted into a flute by stopping up the end and fashioning a mouth hole.
After a year or so of practice his father arranged tuition and a proper
instrument. His teacher was Samuel Percival (1824-c.1890), flautist composer
and organist in
the age of 12, Radcliff made his first concert appearance in
professional career came to
a temporary halt after appearing at the Leeds Festival of 1883 when he set off
In 1870 Radcliff designed a flute model of his own which successfully used Boehm’s arrangement of tone holes whilst retaining the old system of fingering.
Radcliff composed a number of pieces for flute most of which were published by Rudall Carte and Chappell.