Two early music ensembles that were founded and led by Philip Pickett – jailed on Friday for pupil rape at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – have moved swiftly to sanitise their website of his image and his name. No trace of the founder can be found.
Pickett’s own joint website with the New London Consort, www.philippickett.com, has been taken down.
Pickett, 64, had arranged for the trial to be put back so that he could fulfil dates with the group. Even after he was convicted, he sought permission to arrange three music festivals. The judge castigated him for having ‘his head in the sand’.
How the ensembles will survive without his entrepreneurial energy remains to be seen.