1 May 2024

Music with Ian Chapman: Songs of the Sea

From Nine To Noon, 11:05 am on 1 May 2024

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An image of Vic Chapman, the father of music correspondent Ian Chapman and album covers.

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With Anzac Day just gone, this week Ian Chapman reflects on his father’s experiences in the Royal New Zealand Navy during World War II, his life-long passion for the sea, and the music that stirred his salty blood in the decades that followed his service to King and Country.

From sea shanties to the pop charts, Able Seaman Vic Chapman found music that helped him express and understand his emotions and experiences of the war and the ocean. 

Ian Chapman is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Music at the University of Otago.