Ex-BBC choirmaster cleared of raping Chetham schoolgirl – who committed suicide days after giving evidence

By Henry Vaughan & Jeremy Culley

Disgraced ex-Manchester music teacher Michael Brewer was found not guilty of raping a Chetham’s music schoolgirl, who committed suicide just days after giving evidence at the trial.

Former BBC choirmaster and Manchester teacher Brewer, 68, of Selly Oak, Birmingham, was found guilty of five counts of indecently assaulting a female teenage pupil of Chetham’s School of Music more than 30 years ago earlier today.

But was later dismissed of rape allegations made by his former pupil and cleared of a further three charges of indecent assault.

Frances Andrade, 48, a pupil at Chetham’s in 1978, is believed to have committed suicide on January 23.

She gave evidence over the course of two days on January 16 and 17, in person, without the use of a screen.

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

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