Lecturer dons lycra for glam-rock shakedown

Gold-clad Dr Glam (Ian Chapman) performs David Bowie's Rebel, Rebel for University of Otago music...
Gold-clad Dr Glam (Ian Chapman) performs David Bowie's Rebel, Rebel for University of Otago music students during a concert at Marama Hall yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Playing David Bowie's Rebel, Rebel as an opening number for a concert packed with University of Otago music students may have been seen by some as being a little provocative, if not ironic.

Despite Dr Glam (aka University of Otago contemporary music lecturer Ian Chapman) delivering the lyrics dressed in glam-rock gold with silver face paint and wild hair, there were no mosh pits or body surfers to be seen anywhere. The students remained surprisingly docile in the Marama Concert Hall.

But there was no doubting after his set with music department guitar teaching fellow Dave Horizon and second year performance students Pania Simmonds (bass guitar) and Rachel Trainor (drums) that everyone in the 230-strong audience had been "glamorised".

One student, who wanted to remain anonymous, was heard to say: "It's not often you get to see your music lecturer in Lycra . . . mmm".

The concert was to welcome new and returning music students, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's entry to the music charts with Space Oddity.

In a bid to showcase the diversity of the music department, the concert was also seasoned with performances by the University's Gamelan Orchestra and second year cello student Jono Squires.


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