Former Chetham’s teacher is charged with sexual offence

The conductor Nicholas Smith, a former head of chorus at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, has been charged with indecent assault on a teenaged girl, a pupil at the school, between between 4 May 1976 and 3 June 1978.

Smith, 65, who once conducted the Ulster Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, lives in France.

He has been ordered to appear in court in Manchester on June 13.

Presumptions of innocence until guilty apply.

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