The trial has begun at Manchester Crown Court of Mike Brewer, 67, highly respected ex-director of Britain’s National Youth Choir. He is accused of raping a 14 year-old Chetham’s girl student, while he was music director of the school 30 years ago. His former wife, Hilary, is accused of indecent assault and aiding and abetting rape. Both deny the charges.
The alleged victim told the court today that pupil rape was common at Chetham’s, one of Britain’s foremost residential music schools.
Here’s today’s report from the Manchester Evening News.