Just like learning a foreign language, music requires a different type of thinking, is logical, and requires patience and perseverance to master
Flautist Theresa Allsopp is studying BA (Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Italian) at the University of Bath and has been selected as an Arts Scholar for 2018-19. This is the second year Theresa has been awarded a scholarship, she shares the positive impact it had last year, how music is a form of escapism for her and the exciting cross-art form collaborations she is working on ahead of Platform, the annual scholarship showcase.
What is your background in your chosen art form?
I first started playing the flute when I was nine, and ten years later I still love it just as much! It has been a constant in my life and, whilst other musical pursuits have come and gone (such as the piano and singing), my passion for the flute has endured. I have been consistently part of orchestras and chamber groups throughout the years. A music tour to Tuscany was a particular highlight, where I performed in a small orchestra and acapella choir in various churches in Tuscan cities such as Florence, Pisa, Siena and the small town of San Gimignano.
Last year, being a scholar really enhanced my whole first year experience at university, because I met people who were as excited about music as I was, as well as making new friends and playing new repertoire to challenge myself.
What are you working on ahead of Platform?
I am working towards performing in a quartet with cellist Taalia Morgan, Leo Shi and Elena Gomez Ochoa, which is very exciting for me because I have never performed with other art forms such as dance before and I am really looking forward to seeing what it will be like!
If you are collaborating with other students tell us a bit about the process and how it’s going?
Another plan is to collaborate with Andres on a duet for guitar and flute by Carulli. The guitar is an instrument I’ve never worked with and so this is another opportunity for me to try new things. I am very hopeful that it will be a success!
Do you find any links between your creativity and your course?
In some ways I think that, yes, there is a correlation between my studies and music. I study languages and I find that music in itself is just as much a language as German or French or Italian. Just like learning a foreign language, music requires a different type of thinking, is logical, and requires patience and perseverance to master. It is also true that both are easier to get the hang of if you start at a young age, and that most people regret not having learnt an instrument or foreign language.
What/Who inspires, influences or drives you?
My biggest drive is the desire to play new pieces and explore new repertoire. I love the challenge of a fast-paced classical piece, or highly emotive romantic piece, which require different techniques and ways of looking at the music. I am also inspired by the world– renowned flautist, James Galway, who plays so beautifully and flawlessly. I find that watching videos of him playing makes me want to get up and practice myself.
For me, music is a means of escape, where I can shut off from my busy studies and life, and focus totally on something creative which engages me completely. It feels so rewarding, to see improvement and how you can take notes on a page and make.
Do you have any other creative pursuits?
I enjoy dance, art and photography, but all as very low-key leisure activities.