Prof. Gerald Seaman OW was a pupil at Warwick School from 1945-1952. After military service in the Royal Navy studying Russian he read music at Keble College, Oxford. He later spent a year in the Soviet Union at the Leningrad Conservatory as a member of a British Universities exchange scheme. In 1965 he was appointed to the University of Auckland, where he became Professor of Musicology. In 1998 Prof. Seaman returned to the UK holding various appointments including Birmingham Conservatoire and Oxford University.
During his time in Leningrad, Prof. Seaman was given a unique insight into the Russian system of education, being able to visit music specialist schools (a rare experience for Western visitors). His fascinating talk will include recollections of private conversations with luminary figures such including Shostakovich, Khachaturyan, Khrennikov and Kabalevsky.