Former teacher at prestigious music school charged with rape

The Press Association (via the Mail) is reporting that a former teacher at a prestigious music school has been charged with rape…

Malcolm Layfield, who taught at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, is accused of one count of rape on an 18-year-old woman in 1982.

The 62-year-old violin tutor went on to teach at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), where he stood down as head of strings in February last year.

The alleged victim is understood to be a former pupil at one of the music schools.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “A man has been charged as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse at music schools in Manchester.

“Malcolm Layfield, of Victoria Pit Marina, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, has been charged with one count of rape.

“He is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court on 14 August 2014.

“The charge relates to the (alleged) rape of a woman in 1982 when she was 18.”

Layfield is one of a number of men to be arrested in an ongoing investigation into historic sexual abuse at the RNCM and Chetham’s.

GMP have said more than 30 women have made complaints that they suffered sexual abuse from classical music teachers.

Ten key suspects have been identified in the wide-ranging inquiry called Operation Kiso…


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