Yeoman Interview – Robert Domingue

RobertDomingueRobert Domingue has performed at top venues, worked with orchestras and ensembles including BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra and Superbrass Brass Ensemble, and recorded for artists such as Rick Wakeman.

What is your instrument or specialisation?
I am a classically-trained trumpet player but I also play a wide range of genres from baroque to funk/function bands.

What was your musical education?
I graduated with a BMus (Hons) from Trinity College in 2009, then undertook an MA at the Royal Academy of Music between 2009-2011.

What Prize did you win and when?
I won the Worshipful Company of Music Brass Prize (Ensemble) while at the Royal Academy of Music in 2010.

What does being a Prizewinner mean to you?
Being a prizewinner has been extremely helpful and rewarding. It has opened many doors and the Musicians’ Company provide a great support network.

Do you play solo or in an ensemble?
It varies from day to day. I generally play in ensembles more and do a large amount of orchestral and smaller brass ensemble playing.

Can you tell us about a couple of recent jobs or assignments?
I was recently booked to play for an international conductors’ workshop in Aldeburgh for a weekend. I also helped a band win the Milton Keynes Brass Band Festival competition. As Christmas looms, I have quite a busy month with bookings that range from playing at graduation ceremonies to corporate Christmas events.

Do you take part in Outreach? How do you prepare for 60 young children?
I have taken part in many outreach sessions. After my first outreach session (which I was very nervous about), I was asked if I was willing to take part in another outreach with fellow Yeoman Michael Shore, a trombonist. We decided that in order to make the workshop run smoothly, we would meet and formulate a plan. In my opinion and experience, having a plan is great, however it is important that the plan is flexible. In order to facilitate this, Michael and I came up with various musical games and examples of pieces that would involve the children as much as possible, without losing control of the situation.

How has the Company helped you?
The Company has been extremely helpful to me. It has offered me the chance to expand my workshop experience and provided performance opportunities.

What are your ambitions?
At the moment, I am very much enjoying what I do. I would like to own my own seat in an orchestra or show pit at some point.

What are your future plans?
Since finishing my studies I have been working on many aspects of my playing and I continue to get extra lessons. I also try to be proactive and apply for orchestral jobs in and around Europe.

Do you have any advice for new Yeomen?
I seize as many opportunities as possible. It was great to meet other Yeomen at the Yeomen parties and discuss and witness how the company is helping them.

How can people find out more about you?
I don’t currently have a website, but it is in the pipeline. In the meantime, I can be contacted at robert_domingue@hotmail.com .