The conductor Nicholas Smith, a former head of chorus at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, pleaded guilty on Friday to sexual abuse of a teenaged girl, a pupil at the school, between between 4 May 1976 and 3 June 1978.
Smith, who is 66, will be sentenced in September. He is the second Chetham’s department head, after Michael Brewer, to be tried for sex crimes.
Court report here.
There has been no comment from the school.
Press reports refer to the offending conductor as ‘internationally renowned’. He is now.