Updated: Sunday, 9th August 2020 @ 8:23am

'Leading figure' of choral world and wife charged with rape of student at prestigious Manchester music school

'Leading figure' of choral world and wife charged with rape of student at prestigious Manchester music school

By Dean Wilkins

A ‘leading figure’ in the choral world is being charged with rape along with his wife after allegedly attacking a music student at a Manchester school.

Michael Brewer, 67, who was director of music as Chetham’s School of Music, allegedly forced himself on a student at work and will appear before Manchester City Magistrates’ Court on May 7.

Police investigated historic claims of sexual abuse and also charged Brewer’s wife Hilary, 67, with rape and indecent assault.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Michael Brewer has been charged with rape and six counts of indecent assault.

"Hilary Brewer, 67, of Knowl Gap Avenue, Rossendale, Lancashire, has been charged with rape and indecent assault.

Brewer, who was awarded an OBE in 1995, worked at the UK’s biggest music school for 20 years and has also directed the World Youth Choir.

He is recognised as ‘a leading figure in the choral world’ and is ‘in demand’ worldwide for vocal and conducting workshops, according to his biography.

He serves as an adjudicator in international competitions and in 2008 led BBC workshops for the programme Last Choir Standing.

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