Updated: Friday, 22nd November 2019 @ 2:37pm

Violin teacher bailed over historic rape claim at Manchester's Chetham music school – 20 other reports investigated

Violin teacher bailed over historic rape claim at Manchester's Chetham music school – 20 other reports investigated

By Dean Wilkins

A man arrested on suspicion of rape at Manchester’s Chetham music school was bailed for four months today pending further investigations.

The 57-year-old Cheshire man, believed to be Chinese violin teacher Wen Zhou Li, was arrested by Greater Manchester Police yesterday as a further 20 reports of sexual abuse were made by former pupils.

The allegations were made against a number of teachers at the world-renowned school, and detectives are continuing their investigations.

“A 57-year-old man arrested on suspicion of rape by detectives investigating historical sex abuse at Chetham's School of Music has been released on bail until June pending further enquiries,” a spokesman for GMP said.

The complaints were made as former BBC choirmaster and Chetham’s teacher Michael Brewer was last week found guilty of five counts of indecently assaulting Frances Andrade in 1978.

However he was cleared of raping the former pupil, who committed suicide just days after giving evidence at the trial.

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said: “Various names have been mentioned in the press of people involved in offences.

“Clearly we will use this information, comparing it against allegations made.

“It is also important to point out that given the number of people we need to speak to and the number of enquiries to be done, this is an investigation that could take some time.”

Brewer, 68, was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault but was cleared of rape and a further three charges of indecent assault.

His wife Hilary Brewer, 67, of Rossendale, Lancashire was found guilty of one count of indecent assault at Manchester Crown Court, but later cleared of aiding and abetting rape.

Chief Superintendent Jackson added: “While we appreciate the anguish of victims who have waited years to come forward, it is only right and proper we do things robustly and comprehensively.

“Whilst we will work expeditiously, this cannot be rushed.” 

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