The letter below went out to parents this afternoon, assuring them that the offences for which the former director of music and his wife will be sentenced tomorrow were all in the distant past. Parents and journalists who have been in touch with Slipped Disc tell us that the police are investigating incidents of more recent provenance. More will become clear tomorrow. Meantime, the hatches are being battened down.
Dear (name withheld),
The reason for my email is to let you know that the sentencing date
for Mr and Mrs Brewer, the former Director of Music and his former
wife, is scheduled for tomorrow, 26th March. Inevitably this may give
rise to some renewed interest by the media about the Brewers’
offences and the historic abuse allegations which are currently under
investigation. We at Chetham’s would like to reiterate our sorrow
and sympathy for the family of our former student, Frances Andrade,
who died under such tragic circumstances, and for anyone else impacted
by these past events.
I have no further news to report to you about these allegations, and
our understanding is that the police investigation relates to a period
of 20 – 40 years ago. We are cooperating with the police in every
way we can. As you know, they have requested that we do not launch our
own independent inquiry or comment further on the allegations while
their investigation is ongoing, and we do not know at this stage how
long the investigation will continue for.
Please do not hesitate to give me or any member of the pastoral team a
call should you have any concerns, and I hope you all have an
enjoyable Easter break with your families.
My very best wishes,
Claire Moreland DL MA
Chetham’s School of Music