Welsh baritone John Ieuan Jones grew up on the North Wales coastal town of Rhôs-on-Sea.
Music has been an important part of his life from a young age, playing the piano, harp and having singing lessons with Siân Wyn Gibson and Brian Hughes.
He went on to study the voice and completed his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2019, generously supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the Drapers’ Company and the Sybil Tutton Opera Award by Help Musicians UK.
Since graduating, Ieuan has been busy making a name for himself as a versatile baritone, performing in opera, musical theatre and in straight theatre. Ieuan has performed roles with some of the UK’s main opera companies including Grange Park Opera and Welsh National Opera; in musical theatre productions including a brand new piece by Robat Arwyn performed at the opening concert of the National Eisteddfod of Wales alongside Sir Bryn Terfel; and last year made his debut at the National Theatre, London in The Corn is Green.
Ieuan has travelled internationally as a concert soloist in venues throughout the UK, in Europe, the USA, Australia and now Canada. At the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Ieuan has won both the Towyn Roberts Memorial Prize and the Osborne Roberts Prize, and as a result was invited to perform at NAFoW in Washington DC, where his close relationship with the festival began and he returned last year to perform in a series of concerts in Philadelphia.
Ieuan released his debut album in 2020, is a familiar face on Welsh Television channel S4C and when he’s not singing, he’s exploring the Welsh mountain roads on his motorbike.
In addition to entertaining us at the Saturday evening concert, Ieuan will be conducting the Cymanfu Ganu on Sunday.