Shamed: Manchester choir couple guilty of indecent assault on Chetham’s schoolgirl

By Henry Vaughan & Jeremy Culley

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

Wife Hilary, 67, of Rossendale, Lancashire, was found guilty of one count of indecent assault at Manchester Crown Court.

Mr Brewer, 68, from Selly Oak, Birmingham, was found not guilty of a further three charges of indecent assault.

The jury are still out deliberating over one charge of rape against Mr Brewer and a charge against Mrs Brewer of aiding and abetting rape.

The charges allegedly took place between 1978 and 1982 at both Chetham’s and the Brewer’s Chorlton-cum-Hardy home.

Mr Brewer, who was appointed OBE in 1995, resigned from Chetham’s in 1994 after an alleged affair with another pupil.

His face remained impassive as the verdicts were read, other than a slight drop of the head when the first guilty verdict was returned.

There were audible gasps from the gallery as Mrs Brewer’s guilty verdict was returned.

The pair divorced in 1998. Mr Brewer entered the public eye after directing the World Youth Choir and working on the BBC’s Last Choir Programme.

Picture courtesy of Tom Jeffs, with thanks.

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