A bandwaggon has started to roll. The complete silence of three music schools about allegations of sexual abuse, past and recent, has set in motion a growing outcry for an independent assessment of the evidence that the schools failed to protect pupils from sexual predators.
The movement is being led by past students of Chetham’s, the Manchester school at the centre of the Mike Brewer case and the tragic death of Frances Andrade. A petition was posted last night by the pianist and musicologist, Ian Pace. It has already won support from such distinguished Chet’s alumni as the pianist Paul Lewis and the oboist and conductor Nicholas Daniel. Here is the text of the petition.
Quote: ‘The prevalence of sexual abuse which appears to have continued unhindered over many years suggests an alarming lack of responsibility and competence in the management of a school which had, above all, a duty to protect the welfare of its students and to nurture the artistic potential of every pupil.’
To add your voice, please email Ian@ianpace.com.
A further call has come from the pressure group EnoughAbuseUK, which tweeted: Stop cover ups 1 to 1music tuition is a gift for illintending to sexually abuse http://enougbabuseuk.com supports an enquiry.