Dominic Hammett
Trumpet

IMG_9696_Dominic HammettDominic started to play the trumpet at the age of eight at his home in Cambridgeshire. At the age of 13, he was offered a place at the Guildhall School of Music Junior Department where he really discovered his love for music. He then went on to study a Bachelor of Music and Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music (RCM), where he graduated with distinction in 2016. During his time at the RCM, Dominic was kindly supported by the Soirée d’Or Award, the Douglas & Hilda Simmonds Award and the Bishop Laney’s Charity.

Orchestral music is where Dominic’s real passion lies, and has seen him perform recently with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as participating in side-by-side schemes with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Dominic’s interest in new music is something he looks forward to exploring further while at Southbank Sinfonia. He has had works written for him by Alex Paxton and Dani Howard, and has performed a range of works that explore the way we present music to the audience; something that has also been reflected with his performances with the Multi-Story Orchestra.

Chamber music is a big part of Dominic’s musical life, being a founding member of the Serpentine Brass and playing regularly with other ensembles around London.

Dominic is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, supporting his place in Southbank Sinfonia.

RECOMMENDED CONCERT
Southbank Sinfonia 15th Birthday Concert

For a trumpet player, there aren’t many programmes that would beat Rhapsody in Blue and Belshazzar’s Feast! Rhapsody in Blue is such a fun and exhilarating piece to play and listen to, while the fiendish trumpet parts of Belshazzar’s only adds to the impact of this ground-shuddering piece. The use of huge chorus and two (yes TWO!) off-stage brass bands creates such a tremendous sound. All this in the iconic Royal Festival Hall – quite a way to celebrate a birthday!

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Q&A

What do you love about classical music?
The thing I love most is how open and diverse it can be. There is no other type of music (or any other form of art for that matter!) that can have such a huge affect on us, and our emotions. Classical music has no boundaries and it encompasses all cultures; the music that is being written now, as much as ever, can let every one of us escape the world.

What’s on your playlist right now?
A bit of a range… Ein Heldenleben – Philharmonia with von Dohnanyi (some of the best brass playing you’re likely to hear!); Poem of Ecstasy BBCSO; Mahler 8 CBSO with Rattle; Chet Baker sings; Matthias Goerne; Disclosure and Chase & Status.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us
I’m in a Bollywood movie

Dominic tells us about his favorite piece Poem of Ecstasy…

 

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