Signatories to Ian Pace’s appeal for a public investigation into sexual malpractice run ito the hundreds and more are still signing here. The list so far will be published in tomorrow’s Guardian newspaper. Around half the signatories are graduates of Chetham’s, the Manchester school where Mike Brewer conducted the indecent assaults of which he has been convicted. The list includes conductor Daniel Harding, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, oboist ad conductor Douglas Boyd, pianist Andrei Gavrilov, cellist Steven Isserlis, tenor Mark Padmore and many other prominent names.
The schools have maintained a policy of strict silence, presumably on the advice of legal counsel.
Meanwhile, the distinguished pianist Peter Donohoe has written a 6,000-word essay attempting to reconcile his experiences at Chet’s and RNCM with the grim allegations that have come to light over recent weeks. Read him here.