A second teacher at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music was arrested today to be questioned about allegations of pupil rape after 1996. Police said: ‘We have today arrested a 57-year-old man from Cheshire on suspicion of committing rape. This also relates to historic offences and he will be interviewed later today by detectives.’
He has been named as Professor Wen Zhou Li, a violin teacher. Before being engaged in Manchester in 1996, he taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. He has been something of a poster boy for the RNCM.
Presumptions of innocence apply. The police have urged all media to discourage speculation, while assuring us that investigations continue into other allegations. An RNCM spokeswoman said: ‘Wen Zhou Li has been suspended from the college. I can’t comment further at this time’.
UPDATE: released on bail.