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David Allsopp – Speed Interview

Tue May 7 2013

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Here are Matt Truscott (violin) and Cecelia Bruggemeyer (double bass) at our intimate Meet The Band event… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


Countertenor David Allsopp joins us on 17 May for the third and final instalment in our Bach journey, at Kings Place.  Here’s what he had to say when given our Speed Interview.

What do you fear the most?
Losing my eyesight – I’m short-sighted enough to begin with!

When was your break through moment?
A performance of Solomon in King’s College Chapel 6 years ago. It’s said that you never know who might be in the audience but on this occasion it was not knowing who was in the double bass section!

Which mobile number do you call the most?
You’d have to ask Vodafone – I hope the answer is my wife!

What – or where – is perfection?
The space hopefully not too many inches beyond the one you’re currently reaching for.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
I’ve never really been one for imaginary heroes, I’m afraid. The idea of having a favourite always seems to close off other good ideas/things.

What’s your favourite ritual?
Not aware of anything which I do which qualifies as a ritual, as such… though settling down with a nice glass of something after a good concert might qualify!

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
Aw, can’t give that away – they’d blush too much!

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
To speak another language (or 6) fluently.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
That always looking forward occasionally means you forget about or undervalue where you are at the moment.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
I tend to go through fads where I listen to a particular disc quite embarrassingly regularly – and I have quite an eclectic collection of CDs!


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