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John Cavanagh

Glasgow, GB

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Highlights

John Cavanagh is a professional voice over artist and broadcaster with over 20 years experience in both fields.
In 2014, John Cavanagh's voice was heard by over 3 billion tv viewers worldwide, thanks to his role in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies as English Language Announcer. Of these performances, Greg Fox, Headline Talent Producer at FiveCurrents, said: "I cannot begin to tell you how appreciative we are of your performances, both in the protracted rehearsals and in the live event... And one things that stands out in your performance is that fact that after receiving the initial notes of what we were looking for from you, we did not give you a single note once rehearsal started, you simply understood exactly what we were looking for and delivered it spot-on, every time. I am truly looking forward to working with you again in the near future."

Although Scottish, Cavanagh does not have a strong regional accent and can mimic many different voices to produce different character and dialect styles in rapid succession. With a three octave vocal range for singing, John Cavanagh's voice is readily able to encompass a wide age range in speech terms: from young, lively adult with a hard-sell style to elderly sounding voice parts.

Cavanagh is one of the few people to have broadcast for all five BBC UK radio networks, including presenting heavy rock music on Radio One to opera on Radio Three, along with World Service/BBC International, BBC Radio Scotland and much more.

For 17 years, John Cavanagh worked as a BBC continuity announcer and newsreader. His television voice-over work includes 14 seasons as the voice of the Classified Football Results on BBC1 tv in Scotland, which led to a collaboration with Turner Prize nominee Simon Patterson for the Tate Modern Gallery in London.

With an ability to mimic different voices, Cavanagh has performed in his own one-man stage show, where he interviewed imaginary guests, swapping from his own voice to theirs as questions and answers were exchanged. These performances ranged from female voice (Delia Derbyshire, creator of the original Doctor Who theme) to a strong Dundonian Scottish accent.

Other voices Cavanagh can handle easily range from accurately mimicking dj's such as John Peel and Alan Freeman to camp-voiced British stars like Kenneth Williams and the darker horror movie styles of Christopher Lee and John Hurt.

The first voice over John Cavanagh recorded was for a Sony Records tv campaign back in 1991, advertising a punk compilation cd album called Sound of the Suburbs. Since them his voice over and narration work has ranged from hard edged tv and radio commercials to narrating documentaries on sensitive subjects such as war and even the work of a mortuary service.

In between these extremes lie a wealth of projects including audiobook narrations, corporate videos, computer games character voices, trailers for tv & radio, awards ceremonies and stage presentations including introducing Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium and Metallica from the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donnington.

John Cavanagh's other work includes making music, both solo under the name Phosphene and as part of the duo Electroscope, producing albums by the likes of Rab Noakes, Lol Coxhill, Family Elan, Trembling Bells and many more to writing a book on Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd and the emergent counterculture of 1960s London.

In the past, Cavanagh ran an antique shop; in the present he continues his broadcast and voice-over work, whilst enjoying hosting public events and discussions with the likes of Andrew Loog Oldham, Barry Miles, Jenny Fabian, Joe Boyd etc. and conducting discussions with film directors at events in the Glasgow Film Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Languages

English, English (Scottish)

Accent

Scottish

Voice Ages

Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+), Young Adult (18-35)

Special Skills

Animation, Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames

Experience

John Cavanagh offers more than two decades experience as a professional radio presenter, voice over artist, writer, musician and record producer, stage performer.

Broadcast work commenced with BBC Scotland in 1989. Worked for Radio Clyde in 1990. Returned to BBC for the launch Radio Five in August '90 and have freelanced across a vast range of the Corporation's services since, including Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5 Live, World Service, Radio International, BBC1 tv, BBC 2 tv, BBC Radio Scotland etc.
Commercial voice overs commenced in 1991 with work for Sony Records. Corporate work began shortly after that.

Credentials

Education

Here are some comments on John Cavanagh's work from clients who have booked him here at Voices.com.

"John is a great actor who is concerned about giving the best results he can. Nothing but great marks to give this guy." Posted by: Brad Bower Sep 11, 2012

"very professionnal, very enthousiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John" Posted by: Franck Debane Aug 17, 2012

"To describe what I think about what John did with the prose that I presented him is beyond my capability to give it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so very much more than I could have ever expected. Thank you John, you have a gift that is unbelievable with your voice and the talent to use it in such a soft, delicate and soulful manner. I can see working together with you in future!" Posted by: Michael Hendrickson Jun 27, 2012

"John completed recording our narration is record time and was willing to accomodate our less than realistic deadline. Much appreciated! The recording was excellent. We look forward to working with John on the next project." Posted by: Mahad Ibrahim May 08, 2012

" What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)" Posted by: Daniel Morrison Mar 02, 2012

" It was a pleasure to work with John. Great communications, quick turnaround, and his performance was just as I'd hoped when our video project was first being planned. Highly recommended!" Posted by: Kenny Hannah Nov 18, 2011

" Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery." Posted by: Svein Berge Mar 19, 2011

Studio

Microphone

Neumann U87 mic with MOTU M8 interface into Pro-Tools.

Computer & Software

Macintosh i-Mac

Special Equipment

Pro-Tools, Skype

Delivery Methods

File upload via sendspace or dropbox in .wav, .aiff, .mp3 etc or cd by post.

Turnaround Time

Within 24 hours, depending on the project

Service Description

John Cavanagh has presented radio shows for the BBC since 1990, working across all five U.K. networks (and playing everything from heavy rock on Radio One to opera on Radio Three!), plus BBC Radio Scotland, World Service/Radio International etc.
I've worked as a commercial voice-over artist since 1991 and have also appeared as the voice of an installation piece at the Tate Modern, narrated tv & film documentaries and introduced live music events - from Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium to the Islay Jazz Festival in Scotland's Western Isles.
Aside from broadcast work, I make music under the name Phosphene, I've written a book about the early days of Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd, which I narrated for the (Website hidden) audio library in 2009. I produce records and, in 2009, took part in my first stage show, a one-man performance as part of Glasgow's Arches Live festival.

Testimonials

It was a pleasure to work with John. Great communications, quick turnaround, and his performance was just as I'd hoped when our video project was first being planned. Highly recommended!

Kenny Hannah, SQMC, Dunfermline, Fife, United Kingdom

Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery.

Svein Berge, Harpex Limited

What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)

Daniel Morrison, San Francisco, for Tarnished book narration

John completed recording our narration is record time and was willing to accomodate our less than realistic deadline. Much appreciated! The recording was excellent. We look forward to working with John on the next project.

Mahad Ibrahim, Gobee Group, Bellevue, Washington

To describe what I think about what John did with the prose that I presented him is beyond my capability to give it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so very much more than I could have ever expected. Thank you John, you have a gift that is unbelievable with your voice and the talent to use it in such a soft, delicate and soulful manner. I can see working together with you in future!

Michael Hendrickson

very professional, very enthusiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John

(For i-pad app story-reading project)

Franck Debane

Voice Over Clients

Voices.com clients:
Kenny Hannah, Dunfermline, Fife, United Kingdom
Svein Berge, Harpex Limited
Mahad Ibrahim, Gobee Group, Bellevue, Washington
Daniel Morrison, San Francisco

Voice-over clients across time include BBC network television and radio, Sony Records, Mercury Telecommunications, Visit Scotland (Scotland's National tourism organisation), SMG/Scottish Media Group, Philtre Films, Red Facilities, News International, plus many commercial voice overs and corporate film voice overs which I can't think of now across more than two decades!

Payment Terms

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Internet Video

Haentjens-Broekaert VOF for Job #343041 Agency for Nature and Forest, Belgium, Flanders

Fast, professional and always willing to work together and listen to feedback. Next job is again for John. No doubt.

Sep 22, 2019

Business

Voices.com for Job #336511 Old Wise Man - Business Use 540

Great job on this project!

Jul 2, 2019

Business

Hollinger Scott for Job #335173 Voiceover for Construction Company

A++ Excellent service and communication. Will hire again.

May 27, 2019

Documentaries

CRISTA for Job #331745 Refugee Crisis Narration | Short Documentary

Great voice, quick turnaround ans a pleasure to work with.

Apr 11, 2019

Documentaries

Perry Bentov for Job #300971 Voice of Adam Smith

Excellent working with John. Provided varied reads and great technical quality.

Feb 7, 2019

Internet Video

Voices.com (Emily Campbell) for Job #312011 Chiropractor Explainer Video for Website and Internal

Excellent work!!

Nov 22, 2018

Business

Voices.com for Job #304584 Voices - Male VO for Corporate Video

Great working with you!

Oct 15, 2018

Internet Video

Wasla for Job #293417 I need voiceover for 12 script (Motion Graphic Videos)

Super fast work, super quality.

Aug 26, 2018

Internet Video

Voices.com (Agnes Kes) for Job #277769 Voices: Warm, Confident for Showreel

May 4, 2018

Educational

Nute Digital Agency AB for Job #278840 VR tour

Apr 12, 2018

Movie Trailers

Wasla for Job #274141 Video about Product

Fast, Quality!

Feb 21, 2018

Television

Matthew Burrow for Job #273624 Hauser's Patio

John was a pleasure to work with. Very prompt in supplying me great reads with a quality sound. Thanks John!

Feb 18, 2018

Educational

FILM and FOTO for Job #258816 IDEAL-IST

Excellent job! Fast and with some options where needed.
Aavo

Nov 27, 2017

Business

Boonz Media Productions for Job #252290 Berentzen Apfelkorn

Great work and fast!

Nov 27, 2017

Movie Trailers

Wasla for Job #257899 VoiceOver for Corporate Video

Good Timing. Good Voice.

Nov 2, 2017

Business

advids.co for Job #230479 Audiologistics video

Oct 23, 2017

Business

CreativeConnection for Job #254984 Health Based Voice Over Recording

Oct 20, 2017

Audiobooks

YipYip B.V. for Job #246585 A Distant Journey

Just as with our previous story app John brought a wonderful performance that will surely spellbind many listeners, young and old!

Sep 13, 2017

Documentaries

Charprod for Job #248394 Europalia Indonesia 2017 - Teaser

Thank you John Cavanagh! Great Voice & Excellent support.

Sep 1, 2017

Educational

Voices.com (Sara Hunt) for Job #243285 Voices - eLearning Talent with International Accents - Charismatic

Outstanding job John. You were great to work with!

Aug 31, 2017