Chetham’s accused: ‘Shameful’, but not rapistmain
Malcolm Layfield, former violin teacher at Chethams School and head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has testified at his rape trial at Manchester Crown Court.
He admitted having relationships in the 1980s with students, one as young as 17, and agreed they were highly inappropriate. Asked why, he said: ‘Because the student-teacher relationship should not cross that area, and looking back I feel remorseful and very regretful about them.’
Earlier, the pianist Martin Roscoe, former head of keyboards at the Royal Northern College of Music, testified for the prosecution. Read Helen Pidd’s courtroom report here.