Wednesday 6th-Saturday 9th December

Senior Lecturer in Music, Dr Ian Chapman, explores the huge social and musical influence of this iconic 70’s rock star. The talk includes live performances of Bowie’s works by Dr Chapman, Pania Simmonds & Liam Donnelly. 

Dr Ian Chapman is a musician, author, Senior Lecturer in Music, and Head of the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree programme at the University of Otago A life-long fan of David Bowie - on whom he wrote both his Masters and PhD theses - he is an internationally recognised specialist on this groundbreaking artist, having presented many papers at international conferences and symposiums and also written many articles, book chapters, etc and his own title, Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener’s Companion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Currently he is completing another book, David Bowie FAQ, for Hal Leonard Publishers, New York, due for publication in late 2018. Dr Chapman is well known to Dunedin audiences as a musician in the guise of his trio of performative alter egos, Dr Glam, Thaddius Grime and Mr Glad.


Liam Donnelly is a Dunedin-born musician and piano teacher. He has been involved in numerous Dunedin shows; recent credits include The Phantom of The Opera in 2015 and Spamalot in 2016. He is the accompanist for the University of Otago's Bachelor of Performing Arts programme. Liam is also a student at the university where he studies Accountancy, Finance and Music.

As a performer Pania Simmonds specialises in bass - both electric and upright - and is also a music tutor, currently lecturing in music at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill Originally from Te Kauwhata, a small town in north Waikato, Pania studied music at Otago University and performed with various acts including Dr Glam. After graduating in 2011 with an honours degree she studied at Jazz School in Wellington where she played double bass in bands and sang. Preferring music that is honest and creative, she has a particular passion the work of David Bowie and especially for live performance.

Wednesday 6th December, 7pm: South Dunedin Community Pop-up, 199 Hillside Road

Thursday 7th December, 12 noon: Downes Room, Mosgiel Library

Thursday 7th December, 6pm: Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library, Moray Place

Friday 8th December, 7pm: Waikouaiti Events Centre

Saturday 9th December, 11am: Blueskin Bay Library