Originally from the Welsh coastal town of Rhos-on-Sea, John Ieuan Jones graduated from the masters course at the Royal Northern College of Music with distinction in 2019, where he studied with Matthew Best. His studies were generously supported by the Drapers’ Company, the D’Oyly Carte Trust, George Henry Peters Scholarship and the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award.
During his time at the college, he sang several principle roles including Harry Easter in Street Scene, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Lord Ellington in La Vie Parisienne and Watchful in The Pilgrim’s Progress. Whilst at college, he also worked at Buxton Festival Opera and Longborough Festival Opera. Since graduating, Ieuan has sung the title role in Krása’s Brundibar for Welsh National Opera, a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo for Grange Park Opera and Masetto in a tour of Don Giovanni with The merry Opera Company.
Ieuan is a busy and in demand concert singer having performed throughout the UK, in Europe and the USA. Recent highlights have included an Opera Gala at The Bridgewater Hall, making his solo debut at The Royal Albert Hall at the London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs, guest soloist at the North America Festival of Wales in Washington DC and last year shared the stage with Sir Bryn Terfel at the Wales Millennium Centre in the opening concert of the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
His many awards and scholarships including the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship, the Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, the Manchester Welsh Society Award, the RNCM James Martin Oncken Song Prize, Second Prize in the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize at the RNCM and the Dunraven Singer of the Year competition. Ieuan has also had countless successes at National and International Eisteddfodau in Wales, having won the prestigious Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize, the Wilbert Lloyd Roberts Memorial Scholarship, and last year winning the major prize at the National Eisteddfod, the W Towyn Roberts Memorial Scholarship.
He is a familiar face on Welsh television channel S4C, frequently appearing and performing on programmes such as ‘Noson Lawen' and ‘Heno'. His opera recordings include Harry Sherwood in Cellier’s Dorothy with Victorian Opera conducted by Richard Bonynge, now available on Naxos CD. Ieuan is also an accomplished harpist, having performed for the Prime Minister and members of the Royal family.
Due to the Pandemic, Ieuan lost all his work, including a role in The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko for Grange Park Opera and concerts in both Canada and North America. Ieuan was determined not to let the pandemic get in the way of music making, and created many opportunities for himself during this difficult time. These include; Setting up an online teaching studio; hosting several live streamed charity concerts with guests such as Sir Bryn Terfel and Rhys Meirion raising over £10,000 for various charities; following a commission by Clonter Opera, he co-founded Home Concerts where he creates online content for care-homes; co-wrote a children's opera show to be performed outdoors at Clonter Opera which he later adapted into a film, which he directed; and performed in several streamed concerts, and one LIVE socially distanced concert in London. In addition to this, Ieuan began his PGCE Teacher Training at Bangor University.
As things improve in 2021, Ieuan is extremely excited to be joining Grange Park Opera in their 2021 season, singing Ivan Sheloga & Bomley in Ivan The Terrible directed by Sir David Pountney, Male 2 in The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko, Marcello (Cover) in La Bohéme and will be in the ensemble for Falstaf with Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role. Late this summer, Ieuan will sing Marcello in La Bohéme for Outrach Opera.
Ieuan's lockdown video with Sir Bryn Terfel