Callaway Centre Research Seminar | Nicholas Bannan

Event details


Date and time

  • Tuesday 24 March 2020 | 5pm

Event type

  • On Campus


  • Community
  • Anyone who likes music
  • Researchers

Event Fee

  • Free


  • No bookings required

Callaway Centre Research Seminar Series

Due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation and advice from the Government and Department of Health, our Research Seminars will be closed to the general public until at least 16 April.

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The Conservatorium of Music is a vibrant centre for research in music and music education, where a thriving community of scholars is engaged in exploring the frontiers of knowledge, working on a wide range of research projects with diverse outputs.

Our free weekly seminar series showcases presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

Nicholas Bannan | Remembering Rolf Gehlaar: computer music, AI, and musical creativity for all

Bio –Dr Nicholas Bannan is an accomplished international composer, conductor, music researcher and Associate Professor at the UWA Conservatorium of Music. His research focuses on the evolutionary origins of the human capacity for music; vocalisation in song and language; music in child development; and musical communication and pedagogy. His teaching specialises in vocal studies and composition.

Dr Bannan was a Canterbury Cathedral chorister and choral exhibitioner at Clare College, Cambridge. He joined UWA from the University of Reading in 2006. He won several competitions as a composer, including the Fribourg Prize for Sacred Music in 1986, and has completed commissions for the Allegri and Grieg Quartets, the Guildhall String Ensemble, Cantemus Novum of Antwerp, and the Gentlemen of St Paul's Cathedral.

Awarded his doctorate in 2002 for a study of the evolutionary origins of the human singing voice, Dr Bannan’s research has extended to work with Alzheimer’s patients on the UK project Singing for the Brain, examining the potential of singing for retaining social communication between carers and people with dementia.

Free entry - no booking required

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