It emerged during hearings today of two musicians accused of sexually abusing students that the double-bass player Duncan McTier has been suspended by the Royal Academy of Music after being charged last month with four offences. he has pleaded not guilty.
The conductor Nicholas Smith, also accused, did not enter a plea. His lawyer told the court he would plead not guilty.
The alleged offences date back in Smith’s case, to Chetham’s School in the 1970s and, in McTier’s, to the Royal Northern College of Music and Purcell’s School in the 1980s and 1990s.