The crossover soprano Laura Wright has been complaining of her time at the Royal College of Music beneath the headline ‘RCM students bullied me because of my success’.
She claims other students were resentful of her winning a Radio 2 Chorister of the Year Award and whispered a lot. ‘I found quite a lot of … probably bitterness is the right word,’ is her strongest reflection on the college. She adds: ‘I heard people talking behind my back. The main gist was I was dumbing down classical music … It came across as a little bit jealous.’
Bitterness, dear, is not bullying. Nor is jealousy. Lots of people had a bad time in college, but that does not mean they were bullied. Bullying is a campaign of personal aggression that can lead to dire consequences. Its tragic victims come to light every day in the coroners courts.
Laura cannot accuse the RCM of tolerance for bullying on such flimsy charges, nor can the newspaper justify its headline. Bullying is a scourge that requires constant vigilance from college authorities. This is just a low-level publicity grab.
Laura Wright will sing God Save The Queen at the England v Wales match at Twickenham on March 9.