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.
English, English (Scottish)
Middle Aged, Senior, Young Adult
Audiobooks, Business, Cartoons, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames
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.
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
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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 Audible.com 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.
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 JohnFranck Debane
(For i-pad app story-reading project)
Voice Over 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!
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Nadina Wiórkiewicz for Job #232860 Demeter video Incredibly professional and quick .... and the voice!
10/10May 9, 2017
Nicolas Robin for Job #225934 VOICE IN GAME Unfallen Scottish accent or Irish accentMay 2, 2017
James Campbell for Job #226857 H.E.A.D. Hunters Easy to work with & open to feedback and direction.Mar 27, 2017
Ricky Wood for Job #226753 Landmark 10 sec update Great voice and fast service. Thanks John!Mar 25, 2017
Tim Verheyen for Job #225745 TRAINING VIDEO Thanks John!!!!!!! Smashing work!!!!!Mar 20, 2017
Sónia Laima for Job #225127 Gin Lovers make a toast to Life! Cavanagh made an outstanding performance of the script and I must say this was a very hard text to interpret. We're thrilled with the result! We'll be working with him soom and totally recommend his work: worth every cent!Mar 19, 2017
Tim Verheyen for Job #219640 Keyinvest: Smart Money ManagementMar 16, 2017
Ian Callander for Job #206364 Voices.com - Social Video's x2 GREAT JOB!Nov 21, 2016
George Wiley for Job #202096 MenCon Opener_1 John was excellent to work with!Oct 20, 2016
Martin Kupski for Job #201962 Acaratus Cinematic VO Perfect and even on the first try! Fantastic to work with and quick to respond. Great quality on the voice work also.Sep 30, 2016
Alexey Novikov for Job #203588 Islamic Solidarity Games Baku 2017Sep 28, 2016
Benny Goldman for Job #195371 OfficeEarth Animation Excellent Job. As my client said "a winner"!Aug 16, 2016
Trevon Buccione for Job #193644 Voices - Internet - Mid-Atlantic Accent Thanks!Aug 12, 2016
Sam Park for Job #194717 Voices - Private Invitation - Corporate Video VO GREAT JOB!!Aug 3, 2016
Oskari Samiola for Job #195010 INFRA Part II Voice Over Excellent work with quick delivery!Jul 27, 2016
Joe Parisi for Job #164627 Ember - John Cavanagh Excellent and accommodating!Jul 1, 2016
Emily Campbell for Job #178084 Voices- Animated Medical Instruction Video John was awesome to work with! Great job.Jun 16, 2016
Elia Brodsky for Job #179976 Foundation Repair Explainer Video great workJun 7, 2016
Leonard Hospidor for Job #187783 Middle Grade book trailer VO Perfect every time!May 31, 2016
Ricky Wood for Job #184931 Landmark 30 sec TV Ad Update Great service!May 31, 2016