John Cavanagh

Versatile vocal range and character acting ability

Voice Description

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, he does not have a strong regional accent and can mimic many different voices to produce different character and dialect styles in rapid succession.
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 djs 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.
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.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Male

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - British

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Adult content
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

My Union Affiliations and Memberships


My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks

My Home Base

, United Kingdom

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

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.

My Voice Experience

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. My recent clients have included UNICEF Vietnam, the Visit Scotland tourism organisation, assorted newspapers, corporate business etc.

My Training

John Cavanagh began his professional work at the BBC in 1989. Since then he has become one of very few people to broadcast on all five UK national radio networks, plus World Service, Radio International, BBC Radio Scotland and other stations such as Radio Clyde, Radio Six International and lots of small stations which carry syndicated shows he presents in such places as the U.S, New Zealand and Taiwan.
Cavanagh's professional voice over work now spans over twenty one years and countless recording sessions.
He has also worked as a freelance radio trails & promotions producer for the BBC.

My Studio Equipment

I use a Dave Pearlmann valve microphone as my principal voice-over instrument, recording onto Pro-Tools with optional use of the JoeMeek brand mic preamps. I can, therefore, supply edited files in WAV, AIFF etc. in the bitrate of your choice and also in MP3 format.
As someone who produces, edits and mixes commercially released music albums, I have plenty of experience in recording and supplying finished, high grade audio files.
I use Sendspace and Dropbox for swift delivery of large files.

Additional Skills

I can work alone or directly with the client to achieve their satisfaction with each project. I'm happy and quick to take - and react to - direction, via skype, 'phone or - where possible - in person.
Turnaround can usually be within 24 hours, though obviously this is dependent on the scale of the project.

Payment Methods Accepted

• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency

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John Cavanagh - showreel

Unicef Vietnam video

Tourism video

Character voice over for video

Audiobook narration

Art Gallery Introduction

TV commercial for newspaper

Telephone answering service