Ian Pace informs us:
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has opened a call for core participants as part of the investigation into residential schools. This includes a section on music schools, which reads as follows:
‘Residential music schools
15. Instances of child sexual abuse in music schools have been widely publicised. The Chair and Panel wish to explore whether there are any factors which are peculiar to residential music schools which give rise to opportunities for abuse of children.
16. The Inquiry will consider evidence in relation to the following institutions:
a. Chetham’s School of Music (Manchester),
b. The Purcell School for Young Musicians (Hertfordshire),
c. Yehudi Menuhin School (Kent),
d. Wells Cathedral School (Somerset),
e. Ripon Cathedral Choir School (North Yorkshire),
f. Westminster Cathedral Choir School (London).
17. The Inquiry will also be seeking and considering evidence from the Choir Schools’ Association, institutions which regulate the sector, CPS, police and academics who have an interest in the sector.’
Please can everyone concerned about this issue share this as widely as they can. This is something of a victory – the inquiry were supplied by me several years ago with an extensive document about abuse in music education which I believe has played a part in making this a part of the inquiry.