Annual Concert – June 10th 2017

Whitehaven Male Voice Choir are delighted to be returning again to their home town’s Solway Hall for this year’s Annual Concert, which takes place on Saturday 10th June at 7:30pm. The choir will be led by their new Musical Director for 2017 Colin Hoodless, with choir accompaniment provided by Joan Johnston.

They are excited by the prospect of welcoming as their guest soloist this year John Ieuan Jones.

Originally from Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales, John Ieuan Jones is a baritone currently in his third year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music. John Ieuan was trained by Mezzo-Soprano Sian Wyn Gibson and composer Brian Hughes before heading to the RNCM, where he is now under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed bass, Matthew Best.

In 2015, John Ieuan Jones won the James Martin Oncken Song Prize at the RNCM in his second year of study, and received 2nd place in the Musical Theatre category at the Urdd National Eisteddfod. In 2016, John Ieuan once again received 2nd place in the Musical Theatre Category of the Urdd National Eisteddfod as well as receiving The Manchester Welsh Society Prize by the RNCM.

At the end of 2015, John Ieuan Jones played the role of Harry Easter in the RNCM production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, he was also a chorus member in their production of The Merry Widow by Lehar, and was a member of the small ensemble in the 2016 production of Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart. In the summer of 2016, John Ieuan covered the roles of Bartolo and Antonio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Longborough Festival Opera, directed by Thomas Guthrie, as well as performing in the ensemble.

As well as his passion for Opera, John Ieuan Jones is very keen on his Musical Theatre, alongside his success in national competition, John Ieuan has played the roles of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat and most recently the role of Charles Clarke in Titanic: The Musical.

Future engagements include bass soloist in Mozart Requiem in October, Bach Christmas Oratorio & Mozart Coronation Mass in December. Also in December, John Ieuan will perform the role of Lord Ellington (Le Baron de Gondremarck) in RNCM’s production of La Vie Parisienne by Offenbach.

On the concert platform, John Ieuan has a very 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 including the Conwy Business Awards 2016 and joining the Rhos Orpheus Male Choir as guest soloist.

Tickets for the concert priced at (£10 adults), (£8 senior citizens), (£5 Under 16’s) are available from Don Messenger on 01946 63452, or any choir member.