Two new heads for Chetham’s

The Manchester music school, recovering from a long tail of sexual abuse, has appointed two joint principals from September.

They are Tom Redmond, current Director of Music and Artistic Director, and Nicola Smith, the current Vice Principal.

They succeed the retiring Alun Jones who did a pretty good job in cleaning the Augean stables.

But come next year they will have to face the IICSA report into past abuse. It will not be pretty.

More here.


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  • Being the cleanup crew is never much fun. Have you seen hotel ballroom bathrooms after a New Year’s Eve party?

  • Is this the same Tom Redmond who is a BBC ‘presenter’ (very good, much better than several babbling non-entities who get more air time than Mr Redmond) and who used to be a member of the Hallé orchestra?

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