Five worst cases of classical music abusemain
Since the issue has been trivialised to the point where a minister resigns for a hand on a journalist’s knee, let’s try to haul it back to serious criminal abuse. I’ve seen and heard plenty over 40 years, but these are probably the worst.
1 The conductor who raped a teenage soloist in his green room, destroying her confidence and career.
2 The conductor who had teenage boys delivered to his room.
3 The magazine editor who forced male PRs into sex.
4 The orchestra boss who preyed on female admin staff.
5 The opera star who demanded sex from female PRs.
I’m not naming names, nor will I permit any names to be posted in Comments. This is not a witch-hunt. It’s a summons to the classical music world to recognise that abuses have persisted in full public view for several decades and no-one said a word because the perpetrators were – still are – considered too important.