Channel 4 News’s report into sexual abuses in the five main UK music schools has drawn two prompt responses. The Yehudi Menuhin School called in Surrey Police to investigate allegations made chiefly against its founding head, Marcel Gazelle.
Chethams, soon after, assured its parents that it was ‘not the main focus of the report’ (see letter below). The Guardian, however, reports tonight that 39 teachers in Manchester, from Chethams and RNCM, are under police investigation. The cloud darkens.
Earlier this evening, Channel 4 News broadcast a report about abuse at specialist music schools. While Chetham’s was not the main focus of the report, it was nonetheless distressing, and may have re-awakened concerns about your children’s safety. We would like to reassure you that we take these issues extremely seriously, and our staff are on hand to offer support and guidance. We gave the producers a statement (see below), which we asked to be read out in full during the programme, however instead they took snippets of statements from all of the specialist music schools. We are happy to discuss this further if you have any queries, or would like to talk about the programme.