Troubled Purcell School loses yet another head

Troubled Purcell School loses yet another head


norman lebrecht

November 26, 2017

The churn continues at a once-prestigious UK music school where nothing seems to have settled since a controversial head departed in the dead of night six years ago.

The latest incumbent, Stephen Yeo, appointed in May 2015, departed at 3pm on Friday, we hear.

The school has issued no statement and we’re unable to obtain a comment at the weekend but our spurces are specific about the time of departure.

UPDATE: It’s confirmed.

The headmaster’s welcome on the website is now signed off by an ‘acting head’, although Yeo’s name has not yet been taken down from other sections.

Purcell has been through more heads in the present decade than most of us have bought new overcoats. It all stems from a failure of governance and transparency at the time of the first defector’s midnight flit.

The school’s president is Sir Simon Rattle. Patrons include Vladimir Ashkenazy and Kiri te Kanawa.


  • Robert Holmén says:


    A portmanteau of “Purcell” and “source”, spelled sideways.