Clifford Evans pianist and piano teacher
ARAM, LRAM, Cert Ed. FISM
Clifford Evans t/a Marycliff Productions
and senior partner at Marycliff Teaching.
Clifford's piano lessons via Skype are reputed to be even better than face-to face. More frequent lessons are cheaper and better for progress. Beginner and Intermediate lessons are 1 hour long. Advanced, Semi-pro and Professional may be longer at Clifford's discretion at no extra chargeYoutube videos
Clifford Evans was born in the UK, started to learn piano at the age of 5 and studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Music, London and at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia. He won many prizes and scholarships as a student including the Beethoven prize and the Principal's special prize at the Royal Academy during which time he played piano on BBC Welsh radio and TV.
Diplomas + Awards
Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music - piano teaching - 1969
Appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music -1984 - in recognition of his services to music.
Certificate in Education - The University of Birmingham - 1976
FISM - Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians
Many well-received piano concerts in the UK, Channel Isles, France and in the Schloss Leopoldskron in Austria. His 3 piano recitals at London's South Bank Purcell room, were highly praised by the music critic of the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times newspapers, also the magazine, 'Music and Musicians'. He particularly enjoys playing the piano music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky and Gershwin. Top of page
Bryce Morrison, Daily Telegraph. Mr Evans' performance was warmly sympathetic ... (Studies from a Rainbow).... Mozart Variations were given with a nice sense of their alternatively perky and poker-faced humour ... The playing was tasteful and musicianly. (Chopin)... Beethoven Sonata opus 111 was performed with honesty and integrity.
Joan Chissell, The Sunday TimesTippett's 2nd Sonata emerged with a strong sense of direction and clear-cut contrasts of liquid and percussive sonority.
Max Harrison, Music and Musicians... a finely rounded tone amid all the rapid and angular activity (Prokofiev Sonata).... Chopin Ballade was commandingly played ... Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition demonstrated an excellent technique and a particularly big tone in Baba-Yaga and Gates of Kiev .. Liszt's Waldesrauschen received a sizzling performance.
Mervyn Capel, Music and Musicians
... a highly expressive performance - in every sense a glowing account. (Winters: 'Studies from a Rainbow' commissioned by Clifford Evans with funds provided by the Eastern Arts Association). Top of page
Clifford has taught at many teaching establishments, colleges and schools - including the Royal Academy of Music - Colchester Institute School of Music - Royal Wolverhampton School - St Alban's Comprehensive School Ipswich, and others. As senior partner in Marycliff Teaching, for the last 30 years he has concentrated on piano tuition lessons for adult beginners and more advanced students equally. The experience and insight which he has acquired in solving the complex challenges of piano playing has attracted advanced and professional pianists to consult with him. At the other end of the spectrum he is skillful at helping adult beginners achieve their dream of learning to play piano. One adult beginner travelled from Durham to Ipswich for lesson with Clifford, to see how he had progressed with the DVD course "Learn the piano with Clifford Evans". A previous pupil travelled from the USA to UK and took the opportunity to go to Clifford for a refresher lesson. Having set up a dedicated studio, he now also gives lessons online via Skype.
Skype piano lesson reviews
Ralph - Accountant Australia wrote on 28-08-20
Music was missing from my life since COVID19 hit us. I used to go regularly to Sydney Recital Hall and get lost in music: music is a dream, it’s our soul. I have been house-bound now for nearly 12 months, no social life and no music, but my positive thinking keeps me going. I was struggling to self-motivate but piano lessons with Clifford Evans have completely turned my life around. I look forward to lessons and practising the piano and am positive that one day I will achieve my goal with his help. It will be a great day of celebration. Thanks very much to Clifford.
and on 08-08-20
You are very kind Clifford I will never reach your height: you are a professional pianist who is encouraging and helping people like me to get back their lives in such uncertain and difficult moments, which COVID has brought to us and which we were never prepared for. This is a once in 100 years event: I never thought I would witness it, but your Piano Lessons have brought back my cheeky sense of humour and I am beginning to love to live again. It’s worth living!
Charlotte Adult student since October 2017 wrote on 22-08-20
Having had face-to-face piano lessons, Skype has exceeded my expectations. After Covid 19 lock-down I was thrilled to able to resume lessons with Clifford using the newly developed Skype Studio. Having enjoyed the traditional lessons, where the standard of teaching is of very high quality, I was initially a little sceptical about Skype lessons, thinking they could never be as effective and enjoyable as the traditional face-to-face lessons. I am delighted to say that my progress has continued at the same rate. In fact I have found that this format helps you to concentrate better, and you seem to get more done in the lesson. When Clifford is demonstrating a technique or playing a piece of music, the fixe0 cameras focuses in very closely on the keyboard so that you can see and understand very clearly. A floating camera also gives me a birds-eye view of the keyboard and it can zoom in closely on the hands or on the musical score. The picture and the sound quality are surprisingly good, as if I am there in the music room. The opportunity to continue with the lessons is a huge bonus for me and I can recommend this facility to any potential pupils.
D Peake advanced sudent. He teaches and plays with his heart and soul: this is so evident in the lesson... 11-09-2020
Can really recommend learning to play the piano here. From the very first lesson it was clear to me that I would be learning with someone with very high standards, a strong work ethic and a meticulous approach to piano playing. The lessons are such good value for money as I am benefitting from Clifford's experience as a former concert pianist and teacher of both beginners and advanced pupils. I have been taught how to practise efficiently, which has been so important to my progress. This was particularly useful when I needed to manage my own practice during the first Covid19 lockdown period and continue to progress. I can really recommend learning to play the piano here. Clifford is so enthusiastic and so willing to share his experience. He teaches and plays with his heart and soul: this is so evident in the lesson and is really motivating. Top of page
Reviews of face-to-face lessons.
Charlotte: Adult learner since October 2017 wrote 22-08-2020
I can really recommend learning to play the piano here. From the very first lesson it was clear to me that I would be learning from someone with very high standards, a strong work ethic and a meticulous approach to piano playing. The lessons are such good value for money as I am benefitting from Clifford's experience as a former concert pianist and teacher of both beginners and advanced pupils. I have been taught how to practise efficiently, which has been so important to my progress. This was particularly useful when I needed to manage my own practice during the first Covid 19 lockdown period and continue to progress. I can really recommend learning to play the piano here. Clifford is so enthusiastic and is so willing to share his experience. Clifford teaches and plays with his heart and soul. This is so evident in the lesson and is really motivating.
Matt Smith - piano teacher and Mathematics teacher, wrote ...
When I first started studying with Clifford, I was 12 years old and was not very good at the piano. Clifford provided me with unlimited access to his fountain of knowledge and it was his instruction and encouragement that helped me make the transition from the young boy of 12 who could hardly play "Oh Susanna" to a 16 year old playing Beethoven's "Pathetique Sonata". He instilled me with a wealth of knowledge and inspired me to continue my studies at university, even though I had to move back to America. I now have 18 piano students of my own, and I owe it all to Clifford.
Rachael Wheatley - business development professional, says ...
Cliff, I cannot believe how much progress I have made since taking lessons with you. I've had approximately 10 lessons and am thrilled at my standard of playing now let alone in the future! Shame I waited so long before starting but then if I hadn't I may not have found such a wonderful, patient teacher!
Colleen Seymour - adult student wrote ...
I could find another teacher, but you are the best, and I'd rather learn from you.
Justin Grassi - graphics designer says ...
Cliff Evans was the best teacher I've ever had. Top of page
Piano Course Reviews
Extract from Joan Dovenor's review reproduced by kind permission of Keyboard Player magazine Edition 22 November 1998
Course students' testimonials
there has always been in the electronic keyboard market, for comprehensive and reliable tuition courses. 'Learn the Piano with Clifford Evans', comprising an excellent study book and two exceptionally well presented videos, is just such a course, coming as it does with an impeccable pedigree.... experience which eventually led to the creation of this extraordinarily thorough tuition package.
Ralph: Accountant Australia 25-07-2020
Your DVDs and book just arrived through post, brilliantly produced. The DVDs are a great help and easy to follow. It will be easy for me to practise: things have been explained nicely step-by-step. The DVDs will help me a lot to practise what you are teaching me online.
Cong Nguyen - USA ... I was very impressed with the presentation, lesson arrangement and especially the graphics. To say the least, a picture is worth a thousand words. Despite the fact that the videos are for beginners I think they will benefit me tremendously in terms of techniques, methods and exercises, especially the video number 2. Overall, I can't say enough, how satisfied I am with the videos.
Michael Lamb: Isle of Man I have had, and continue to have immense enjoyment from this course and find the videos invaluable, because watching the pieces played properly enables one to try and mimic them and actually, they boost the determination factor as well. The course is really very good and enables anybody to take it at their own pace. Many thanks for this excellent course
Andrew Cooper : Retired journalist, Canada
It's obvious this in no childish ABC method. There's a seriousness of approach that I think will appeal to a lot of adults who really want to learn piano. The book is excellent too, and easy to understand - quite complex by the time we reach Ave Maria. Seeing the notes illustrated on the video really does help. I think the illustration of the correct way to sit at the keyboard will help a lot of kids get it right. Top of page
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