Jasper Dommett (b. 1997) is an accomplished British composer studying a PhD at the Royal College of Music.
Jasper's music has been performed by soloists and ensembles such as BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Riot Ensemble, Berkeley Ensemble , Fenella Humphreys, and Tabea Debus, with performances at Kings Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Usher Hall, St Davids Hall, The Duke's Hall, Dora Stoutzker Hall & BBC Hoddinott Hall.
Jasper has a flair for creating “intense orchestral” landscapes with “crystalline gestures” and “languid lyricism” (The Scotsman). Their work Night Music, written for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, was the start of this fascination, leading to nominations for an Ivor Novello Award in the Large Orchestral Category, a shortlisting in the inaugural Michael Tippet Medal for Music, and the awarding of Paul Mealor Award for Student Composers provided by the Welsh Music Guild.
Their work, Dreams of Isolation, written for Sir Andrew Davies and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra was a deeper dive into the power of the orchestra. Described as “unique and original” (Sir Andrew Davis) the piece is a reflection on the transformative force of dreams with “haunting textures” and “impressive melodic writing” (The Art’s Desk).
Recipient of the "Paul Mealor Award for Student Composers: 2020"
Winner of The Lord Lingfield Medal for Music 2018
2021 saw the sell-out premiere of Jasper’s first opera, Coram Boy, based on Helen Edmundson’s theatrical adaptation of Jamila Gavin’s highly acclaimed novel, an experience which has left them excited about new possibilities for the art form with plans of creating a new work around their LGBTQIA+ identity.
Jasper’s brass band music has received particular acclaim, with a recent commission to write a new fanfare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Girton College, Cambridge. The fanfare, written to celebrate the 5 founding women of the college, has since been adopted by the RWCMD for its 2020 graduation celebration. 2020 also saw the recording of Jasper’s first tenor horn concerto, Matryoshka, written for Ross Dunne and the Tredegar Band on the World of Brass label.
Winner of the English Schools Composition Competition 2018
Recipient of the inaugural “Paul Mealor Bursary for Student Composers: 2018”