Angry music teachers have drawn our attention to a line in the statement by Peter Benjamin, the videographer with a sex crime in his past whose discovery prompted the dismissal of YPO conductor Benjamin Zander.
Issued through Peter Benjamin’s lawyer, it says that Zander was not the only member of staff to employ him:
‘Recently, he videotaped Tony Woodcock, the current president of NEC, teaching an adult master class. At no time has there ever been a complaint or cause for concern occasioned by his videotaping these live events. Contrary to the reporting occasioned thus far, the bulk of the videography he was commissioned to do, involved college or graduate level performances.’
Benjamin could not have videotaped the president without his permission – indeed, at his express commission. If Zander was fired for employing the videographer, the same penalty must apply to the college president.
This horrible saga will not go away without thorough, independent investigation. Meantime, NEC is said to be in total disarray.