The judge’s speech in the trial of Mike Brewer and his former wife Hilary has been published in full. You may read the sentencing remarks here.
Brewer received six years prison for a chronicle of sexual assaults on Frances Andrade, starting when she was 14 years old (Mrs Andrade committed suicide during the course of the trial). The prosecution showed that Brewer had further relations with other girl pupils at Chetham’s School of Music, where he was director of music. Hilary Brewer was sentenced to 21 months for her assaults on Mrs Andrade.
In delivering sentence, His Honour Judge Martin Rudland singled out for criticism those musicians and colleagues who condoned and covered up these relationships, specifically some who gave character evidence on Brewer’s behalf at the trial and the school itself which turned a blind eye as its director of music groomed girl pupils for his sexual gratification. The judge added a word of praise for the few media outlets which have sought to bring this embedded cover-up to light. I shall return to this subject tomorrow.
Here are the two key paragraphs in the sentencing speech:
14. It is surprising that all those who have spoken so well of you at your trial,
when called by you in your defence, did so, it seems, in the full knowledge of
your relationship with M. It may well be that they were not aware of the detail
of the way in which you exploited her but they were apparently nevertheless
more than happy to overlook one of the most shocking aspects of this case.
15. Indeed, perhaps one of the few positive features to have emerged from this
case is the resulting close scrutiny of the seemingly wider acceptance of this
type of behaviour amongst those who should know better.