We were approached today by several individuals who spoke of their experience of a ‘culture of abuse’ at three music institutions in London. The allegations concern professional impropriety rather than criminal activity with minors.
In one instance, a well-known teacher was said to have left the Royal College of Music apparently because she could not bear the authorities’ indifference to the sexual grooming conducted by one of her senior colleagues. In another, a self-stated victim asked why no prosecution had resulted from a Metropolitan Police investigation into a case of staff-student molestation at the Royal Academy of Music in 2002. After the incident was brought to light, the RAM gave assurances that it had introduced ‘strict new rules governing relationships between staff and students”.
A third allegation at the Guildhall has been passed on to the Guardian’s northern correspondent Helen Pidd, who has led the line in exposing sexual abuse at Chetham’s and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).
Where will it end? There will have to be a public inquiry.
We were also sent this link to a 2002 Telegraph article, which gives a severely-lawyered account of events at the Royal Academy. It makes honourable mention of Martin Roscoe’s courage in quitting the RNCM ten years earlier in protest at Malcolm Layfield’s admission to ‘having relationships with six pupils’ and the college doing nothing about it. Why has that admission not been taken seriously until now?