John Ieuan Jones

Award: Tutton Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

Website: http://johnieuanjones.com

Originally from Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales, John Ieuan Jones is a baritone who has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first class honours degree. He will return to the RNCM in September for a further two years to study for his masters under the tutelage of Matthew Best.

Recent operatic experience include Harry Easter in Street Scene (RNCM Opera), Antonio/Bartolo cover in Le Nozze di Figaro (Longborough Festival Opera), Lord Ellington in La Vie Parisienne (RNCM Opera), scenes as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (RNCM Opera Scenes) and in December 2017 will play the role of Pandolfe (the father) in the RNCM production of Cendrillon by Massenet.

As well as his passion for opera, John Ieuan is a keen Musical Theatre singer with successes in nation and international competitions, winning the 2017 Urdd National Eisteddfod Musical Theatre Category and receiving 2nd place at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod Voice of Musical Theatre. He has played the role of Charles Clarke in Titanic: The Musical by Yeston and in the summer of 2017 will play the role of Leon Czolgosz in Assassins by Sondheim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2015, John Ieuan won the James Martin Oncken Song Prize at the RNCM in his second year of study, as well as successes at the Urdd National Eisteddfod. In 2016, he was awarded The Manchester Welsh Society Prize by the RNCM and later that year at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, won the Wilbert Lloyd Roberts Memorial Scholarship, was a finalist in the Osbourne Roberts Memorial Prize and joint winner of the Eirwen Griffiths Jones Memorial Scholarship. In 2017, John Ieuan was a finalist in the prestigious RNCM Frederic Cox Award, and in October, as a result of success at the Urdd National Eisteddfod, will be competing for the Urdd Bryn Terfel Scholarship. He is also a recipient of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Sarah Brightman Scholarship.

On the concert platform, John Ieuan has a varied repertoire of operatic arias, Welsh songs, Lieder, songs from the shows and ballads. He has appeared as a guest soloist in numerous concerts, charity events and awards ceremonies, recent highlights include performing in the BBC Proms in the Park Wales in front of a six thousand wide audience, being the bass soloist in Mozart Requiem, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Mozart Coronation Mass, Gounod St Cecilia Mass and in April, he travelled to Florence where he was part of an Opera Gala in the St. Regis Hotel.

John Ieuan Jones is hugely passionate about what he does and is extremely grateful to Help Musicians UK for their support, support that will allow him to gain the training and experience to become the best performer he can be.

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