Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Sarah Brightman Scholarship (2017)
Drapers' De Turckheim Scholar (2017)
Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award (2017)
Sybil Tutton Award, Help Musicians UK (2017)
Osbourne Roberts Memorial Prize, National Eisteddfod of Wales (2017)
Originally from Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales, baritone John Ieuan Jones recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first class honours degree. He continues his studies at the RNCM as a masters student, under the tutelage of Matthew Best.
During his undergraduate degree, John Ieuan was fortunate to spend a lot of time on the Opera Theatre stage, being in the chorus for The Merry Widow by Lehar, part of the small ensemble for Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart, played the role of Harry Easter in Street Scene and Lord Ellington in La Vie Parisienne by Offenbach. As a result of his work in Cosi Fan Tutte, John Ieuan was invited to cover the roles of Antonio and Bartolo and be in the chorus for Longborough Festival Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2016. As part of the college Opera Scenes, he has played Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart. This December, John Ieuan will be playing the role of Pandolfe (Cinderella’s father) in RNCM’s production of Cendrillon by Massenet.
John Ieuan is an experienced concert singer, with a wide variety of repertoire performing in concerts throughout Wales, the UK and further afield. Some highlights include performing in Proms in the Park Wales in 2016, the Drapers’ Company Annual Election Dinner, Conwy Business Awards, soloist with numerous choral societies and travelling to Florence to perform in an Opera Gala at the St Regis Hotel. Later this year John Ieuan will join Denbigh Male Voice Choir with Mezzo-Soprano Sioned Terry or their annual concert, will present a recital at 22 Mansfield Street and in 2018 he will fly to Washington DC to perform at the North America Festival of Wales. On the Oratorio platform, he has sung the bass solo for Mozart Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass.
John Ieuan is extremely fortunate to have won numerous awards and scholarships including the RNCM James Martin Oncken Song Prize, Manchester Welsh Society Prize, Sybil Tutton Award by Help Musicians UK, Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Sarah Brightman Scholarship. He has also had countless successes in National and International Eisteddfods in Wales including the National Eisteddfod of Wales Eirwen Griffiths Jones Memorial Scholarship, Wilbert Lloyd Roberts Memorial Scholarship and the prestigious blue riband competition, the Osbourne Roberts Memorial Prize. This year, John Ieuan won the Urdd National Eisteddfod Musical Theatre category and subsequently was selected to be one of six performers competing for the Urdd Bryn Terfel Scholarship.
As well as his passion for opera, John Ieuan is a keen musical theatre singer. Alongside his success in National and International competitions, he has played the role of Charles Clarke in Titanic: The Musical and most recently Leon Czolgosz in Assassins by Sondheim in a sell out show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.
As well as his singing, John Ieuan is a harpist with over ten years experience, playing in events and concerts throughout the UK. He was trained by Dafydd Huw Jones, has had coaching with international harpist Ieuan Jones and a masterclass with world famous harpist Catrin Finch.
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