Petition for an Inquiry into Sexual and other Abuse at Specialist Music Schools – The List of Signatories

Petition re-opened until May 31st – please click here.

As of Sunday February 24th, 2013, the list below details signatories to the petition calling for an inquiry into sexual and other abuse at Chetham’s School of Music and other specialist music institutions. If you would like your name to be added to this, please either leave a message below or e-mail me at and I will include it. If you studied at any such institution, please give details and dates, and otherwise please say how you would like to be described. The petition has been published by The Guardian (see ), and I will after this weekend send it to a variety of politicians, heads of institutions, and so on.

In recent weeks, the ongoing allegations of historical sexual abuse at Chetham’s School of Music have put many aspects of music education under intense public scrutiny. Following the conviction of the former director of music, Michael Brewer, the tragic death of Frances Andrade, and extensive testimonies in the press of other abuse, it is clear that there should now be a full independent inquiry into the alleged sexual and psychological abuse by Chetham’s staff since the establishment of the institution as a music school in 1969. Such an inquiry would ideally extend to other institutions as well, some of which have also been the subject of allegations of abuse.

Recent press reports have suggested that during this time many students complained to senior members of staff about the sexually abusive behaviour of a number of Chetham’s teachers, but that no satisfactory action was taken. While it is of primary concern that those who stand accused should be investigated as soon as possible, if these allegations are shown to be correct it will be important to understand the wider implications of a school culture which facilitated such abuses of trust, and afforded alleged offenders long-term protection. For this reason, we ask senior members of staff from that time to account for what appears to be the severe failure of the school system to protect its pupils from those who exploited their positions of power. The prevalence of sexual abuse which appears to have continued unhindered over many years suggests an alarming lack of responsibility and competence in the management of a school which had, above all, a duty to protect the welfare of its students and to nurture the artistic potential of every pupil. That Chetham’s appears to have failed in this respect, and with such devastating consequences for the personal and professional lives of the alleged victims, now requires some considerable explanation from those who held senior positions of authority.

Greater Manchester Police are conducting an investigation into a variety of complaints of sexual abuse related to Chetham’s School of Music and a dedicated Operation called “Kiso” has been established to support this. As an organisation, we recognise that reporting sexual abuse, which occurred some time ago is an incredibly difficult thing to do and we will afford anyone who comes forward, all the appropriate support to discuss events in their own time. We would urge anyone who wishes to report abuse or with information, to contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 6777 or via email, Alternatively, persons who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 .


Chet’s: Chetham’s School of Music
YMS: Yehudi Menuhin School
Purcell: Purcell School
Wells: Wells Cathedral School
RNCM: Royal Northern College of Music
RMCM: Royal Manchester College of Music
RCM: Royal College of Music
RAM: Royal Academy of Music
GSMD: Guildhall School of Music & Drama
TCM: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
RCS: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, RSAMD)
St Mary’s: St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh
Junior: Junior College

Ex-Chetham’s Students

Paul Lewis (1986-1990)
Tim Horton (1983-1992)
Ian Pace (1978-1986; The Juilliard School, 1991-1992; Lecturer in Music, City University London)

Rebekah Abramski (1994-1996)
Ron Abramski (1990-1996)
Elaine Ackers (1981-1983)
Victoria Acres (1991-2000)
Robert Agnew (1982-1989)
Colin Akers (1982-1984)
Julie Alderton (1974-1979)
Chereen Allen (1991-1994; RNCM 1994-1998)
Claire Louise Allen (1988-1993)
Lucian Amos (2005-2007)
Bernadette Anguige (1989-1996)
Mark Ashford (1984-1990)
Leanne Ashmead (2004-2006)
Virginia Astley
Sara Avent (1980-1986)
Nadine Bacon, nee Wiltshier (1980-1990)
Alicia Bailey (1985-1995)
Phil Bailey (1989-1993)
Brendan Ball (1981-1984; trumpeter, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)
Richard Bamping (1979-1987)
James Banbury (1984-1986)
Sophie Barber (1978-1980; RNCM 1980-1983)
Sarah Barnes (1980-1987)
Matthew Barley (1981-1983; GSMD, 1983-1987)
Patrick Bennett (1985-1988)
Jamie Bergin (2003-2007)
Jonathan Best (1986-1988)
Nick Bhattacharjee (1989-1991; RCS, 1991-1994)
Helena Bidder, nee Brewin (1986-1988)
Nicky Bingham
Benjamin Birtle (1992-1999)
Lisa Bittles (2000-2004)
Emma Black (1983-1987)
Natalia Bonner (1981-1988)
Ruth Boulton (1977-1986)
Marcus Bousfield (1979-1985)
Mark Bradbury (1980-1990)
Rebecca Brand (1986-1988)
Emily Braverman (2005-2009; RNCM, 2009-2013)
Catherine Briggs (1982-1990)
Jessica Briggs (1993-1996; RNCM, 1998-1999)
Rob Brophy (1994-1997; RNCM, 1997-2001)
Harvey John Brown (1984-1989)
Stephen Brown (1985-1987)
Mandy Bryne
Felicity Bryson (1981-1988)
Alison Bullock (1982-1990)
Catherine Bullock (1984-1994; RAM 1994-1998)
Andrew Bullough (1981-1988)
Sarah Burnett (1983-1989)
Cassandra Burt (1986-1991)
Sarah Button (1987-1990)
Lyndy Byrt-Mayle (1973-1981)
Simon Callaghan (2000-2002)
David Campbell (1975-1985)
Fiona Campbell, nee Vaughan (1985-1987)
Jocelyn Campbell (1982-1984)
Rachel Castleden (1989-1992)
Deborah Catterall (voice tutor at Chet’s 2000–2003; Musical Director – National Youth Training Choir of Great Britain and voice tutor to all NYCGB choirs 1997–2006)
Meara Cavanagh (1986-1989)
Roderick Chadwick (1983-1992)
Robert Francis Chalmers (1959-1968)
Rebecca Chambers (pianist, 1987-1991; RNCM, 1991-1997)
Rebecca Chambers (viola player, 1991-1996)
Andy Chapman (1985-1989)
Rachel Chen (1994-1999)
Emma Chesters (1982-1984)
Emma Christian (1985-1990)
Judith Christian (1969-1973; RNCM, 1973-1977)
Jon Christos ((John Christodoulou) (1985-1994)
Freda Cleaver (house parent, 1976-1985)
Deborah Clifford (1974-1982)
Elaine Cocks (1989-1991;, 1984-1989)
Phillippa Cole (1989-1993)
Peter Collis (1955-1967)
Gemma Connington (1993-2000; RNCM, 2000-2004)
Ali Conway (1992-1995)
Sarah Coogan, nee McGrath (1980-1988)
Helen Cooke (1980-1987)
Anna Cooper (1982-1984)
Jane Cooper (RNCM 1978-1983; worked at Chets 1983-mid 1980s)
Rebekah Cope (1994-1996; RNCM, 1996-2000)
Caroline Costello (1975-1980)
Steve Costello (1975-1982; RNCM 1982-1986)
John Crawford (1986-1988)
Pamela Crawford (1983-1987)
Anna Croad (1993-1995)
Anna Crookes (1974-1983)
Michael de Csilléry (1984-1986)
Alison Cullen (1983-1990)
Michael Cunningham (1989-1991)
Rachel Curtis (1987-1996)
Alexine Cutting (1993-1995)
Rachel Cutts, nee Maisey (1982-1989)
Angela Dally, nee McCabe (1975-1986)
Debbie Darby, nee Elsdon (1988-1991)
Olivia Darlington (1997-1999)
Rosalyn Davies (1990-1992)
Mark Day (1995-1997)
Graham Anthony Devine (1985-1988)
Scott Dickinson (RNCM 1989-1093; Tutor, Chets and RNCM, 2000-2002)
Peter Donohoe (1964-1971; RNCM, 1972-1976)
Hilary Duncombe
Dorcas Eatch (1969-1971)
Catherine Edwards (1969-1975; RCM, 1975-1976)
Walid El-Yafi (2004-2008)
Charlotte Elkins (1991-1993)
Simon Ertz (1987-1989; RNCM, 1989-1993)
Jacqueline Esquivel, nee Jackson (1988-1990)
Katharine Evans (1982-1989)
Miranda Farrell (1986-1993)
Marina Finnamore (1983-1985)
Sally Flann (1983-1989)
Jillian Fogden (1980-1987)
William Fong
Euan Forrester (1985-1992)
Kerena Fox (1985-1990)
Marc Fraser (1970-1973)
Paul Fretwell (1988-1990)
Rachel Fulgoni (1991-1994)
Wendy Gadian (1971-1978)
Claire Gainford (1989-1991)
Paul Galbraith (1978-1982; St Mary’s Music School, 1975-1978; RNCM, 1982-1986)
Ruth Garrett (former housemistress, junior school teacher)
Deborah Gewirtz (1975-1977)
Councillor Susan Gibbs (1998-1999)
Claire Gobin-Taubitz (1985-1992)
Nicola Goldscheider, nee Burton (1981-1986)
Stephen Gosling (1982-1989)
Christian Grammar (1975-1981)
Victoria Grantham, nee Jackson (1986-1993)
David Greed (1971-1973)
Jane Griffiths (1985-1992)
Sally Anne Griffiths (1987-1994)
Hannah Louise Groarke (1996-1998)
Jessica Groarke (1994-2000)
Catherine Haggo (1987-1995)
Laura Hall (1976-1983)
Andrea Hallam (1985-1992)
Tony Halstead FRMCM, FGSM (1956-1962)
Alex Hamilton (2003-2010)
Andrew Hamilton (1993-1995; RNCM, 1998-1999)
Emma Hannon nee Clarke (1993-1995)
Julia Hanson (1983-1985)
Daniel Harding (1988-1993)
Rosie Harding (1989-1991)
Colin Harrison (St. Marys, 1973-1977; Chet’s, 1977-1978)
Rachel Harwood-White (1995-1997)
Sharon Haslam (1978-1982)
Chris (Featonby) Hayes (1984-1987)
Faith Hellier, nee Hayward-Brackenbury (1988-1992)
Peter Herron (taught at Chet’s, 1978-1982)
Justine Hewson (1980-1987)
Fran Hey (1983-1985)
Jo Hicks (1994-2000)
Tom Hicks
Tobias Hilton (1986-1991)
James Hinton (1973-1979)
Matthew Hodge (1984-1986)
Noel Holburn (1970-1977)
Simon Holliday (1975-1981)
Julian Horton (1985-1988)
Penny Housley, nee Hewitt (1990-1994)
Adam Howard (1988-1992)
Owen Hubbard (2005-2010)
Eleanor Hudson (1978-1980; RNCM 1980-1984)
Joel Hunter (1991-1993)
Emma Hutchinson (1973-1980)
Nicola Jackson, nee Hall (1982-1987)
Gaynor James (1984-1986)
Catherine Jefferson (1982-1990)
Caroline Rogers Jones (Assistant Houseparent, Palatine House 1982-1985; Head of Victoria House 1985-1990)
Dilwyn Jones (Assistant Houseparent, Boy’s House 1982-1985; Head of Victoria House 1985-1990)
Graeme Jones (1976–1985)
Patrick Jones (1981-1986)
Rebecca Jane Jones (1989-1998)
Jane Kärner (1978-1985)
Judith Kelly (1974-1981; RNCM, 1981-1984)
Deborah Kemp (1987-1989)
Susannah Kemp (1981-1985)
Charlotte Kenyon (1986-1991)
Ian Kimber (1980-1986)
Zoe Kitson (1993-1995)
Chloe Lander (1981-1986; GSMD (junior), 1986-1988; RAM, 1988-1989)
Sophie Langdon (visiting music teacher at Chet’s, late 1980s)
Natalie Langford (1998-2004)
Vicky Laws (1990-1993)
John Leach (former head of academic music)
Alice Leaver (2002-2006)
Hae-a Lee (1979-1987)
Song-a Lee (1979-1988)
Su-a Lee (1979-1988)
Rebecca Leyton (1991-1995)
Jacob Lund (1982-1987)
Omar Lyefook
Ruth Lyon (1975-1981; RNCM 1981-1986)
Viv MacLean (1989-1992)
Leon McCawley (1984-1991)
Ann McClaren (1970-1974)
Margaret McLay (former teacher of academic music at Chet’s)
Laurie McNamee
Claire Madin (1988-1995)
Catherine Maguire (1988-1990)
Russell Makinson (1987-1991)
Abbie Marsden (1988-1996; RNCM, 1996-2000)
Ellen Louise Marsden (1978-1982)
Mary Martens (1991-1993)
Jessica Matthews (1979-1981)
Vicky Matthews (1990-1994)
Richard Meier (1986-1988)
Daniel J. Melder (2001-2008)
Faye Mercer, nee Williams (1990-1994)
Eleanor Meynell (1985-1992)
Maxin Molin Rose (1986-1989)
Josephine Montgomery (1987-1992)
Dittany Morgan (1969-1974)
Frances Morrison (1980-1982; RNCM 1982-1987)
Harriet Mossop (1988-1991)
Mark R. Mottram (1984-1986)
Benjamin Nabarro (1989-1994)
Deborad Nicklinson (1981-1983)
Leo Nicholson (Purcell, 1999-2001; Chet’s, 2001-2002)
David Owen (1963-1975)
Gareth Owen (1991-1995)
Ian Palmer (1990-1999)
Samantha Palmer (1986-1992)
Geraint Parfitt (1981-1987)
Victoria Parkins (1988-1990)
Carol Pendelbury (1974-1978)
Sally Pendlebury
Stella Pendrous (1989-1991)
Tamasine Plowman (1990-1994; RNCM, 1994-1996)
Heather Powell (1983-1990)
Jane Rainey (1979-1983)
Roy Raby (1981-1986; RNCM, 1986-1991)
Catherine Ramsden, nee Ashton (1981-1988)
Judith Rees Souter (1983-1989)
Helen Reid (1992-1996)
Emma-Ruth Richards (works as practice supervisor, Chet’s)
Lynda Ricketts
Lisa Ridgway (1989-1993)
Anne Richards (1988-1989)
Anna Ritchie (1985-1995)
Emma Roberts (1982-1984)
Rachel Roberts (1987-1989; RNCM, 1989-1993)
Lindsay Robinson, nee Wood (1993-1997)
Philip Robinson (1991-1995; RNCM, 1995-1996)
Tom Roff (1982-1994)
Francesca Rogerson (1989-1992)
Sarah Roper (1983-1988)
Susannah Ross (1982-1993)
Sara Rowbotham
Helena Rowe (1994-1999)
Alyson Rutter (1987-1989)
Chris Schmidt (1987-1989)
Ruth Schulten, nee Williams (1986-1993)
Jacqui Scott, nee Crichton (1973-1979)
Lauren Scott (1983-1985)
Cari Searle (1986-1988; RNCM, 1992-1996)
Justin Seldis (1978-1986; RNCM, 1986-1990)
Nikki Sellers (1990-1996)
Sarah Semmens, nee Vallance (1992-1996)
Clara Sheldrake (1991-1995)
Helen Sherrah-Davies (1972-1983)
Sally Simcox, nee Dover (1988-1997)
Mandy Simpson (1975-1984)
Abigail Smith, nee Leigh (1987-1995; RCM 1995-1999)
Diana Smith, nee Swinstead (1993-1996)
Fran Smith (1974-1979)
Howard Smith (1984-1988)
Jia Southall, nee Chong (1997-2000)
Kirstin Spencer (1982-1991)
Katie Stables (1997-1999; RNCM 1999-2002)
Nicholas Staines (1981-1987)
Andrea Stanbridge (1985-1990)
Clive Stapley (1980-1982)
John Stead (1978-1986)
Beth Super (1980-87; RNCM 1987-1991)
Sam Sutton (1986-1988)
Chris Swaffer (1994-1996)
Sarah Swailes, nee Clark (1984-1988)
Gabriella Swallow (1990-1999)
Judith Swan (1972-1980)
Paul Taylor (1969-1979)
Judith Templeman (1989-1995; RNCM 1995-1999)
Kathryn Templeman (1988-1990; RNCM 2000-2002)
Jenny Terras (1974-1977)
Nicola Thomas (Chets, 1974-1979; RNCM, 1979-1983)
Arthur Thompson (1986-1988)
Fiona Thompson, nee Tate (1982-1990; RNCM 1990-1994)
Marisa Thornton (1982-1990)
Olivia Naomi Timms (1986-1991)
Joanna Tomlinson, nee Cobb (1975-1982)
Andrew Tovey (1983-1988)
Jo-Anne Trevenna (1986-1988)
Kathryn Turner (1969-1980)
Rachel van der Tang (1982-1985)
Elena van Lieshout (1982-1987)
Shahram Varza (1978-1982)
David Valentine (1983-1989)
Natassa Varka (1998-2005)
Janice Veals (1977-1984)
Trevor Vivian (1988-1990)
Lindsay Wagstaff (1975-1981)
Rachael Wallach (1994-1999)
Heather Wallington (1986-1988)
Martin Wallington (1976-1979)
Katie Walton (2001-2003)
Karin Wanambwa , nee Webster (1989-1994)
Jennifer Ward (1981-1983)
Vicci Wardman (1982-1986, tutor at Chet’s, 1990-1995)
Caroline Waters (1979-1984; RNCM, 1984-1988)
Rebecca Watson (1986-1992)
Richard Whilds (1980-1983)
Andrew Whitaker (1993-1993, as staff 1998-2006)
Kathy Whitaker (1988-1992)
Bob Wild (1977-1988)
Andrew Wilde (1979-1982; RNCM, 1982-1987)
Lucy Wilkins (1988-1990)
Sharon Wilkinson (1981-1989)
Bronwen Williams (1982-1989)
Hefina Williams (1985-1987)
Paul Wingfield (1972-1980)
Jane Winstanley (1991-1993)
Shih Wei Wong (1990-1994)
Rosie Wetters (1979-1988)
Liz Woodington (1991-1995)
Maureen Wray, nee Allt (1983-1985; RNCM 1985-1989)
Simon Wright (1958-1967; RNCM 1967-1971)
Alison Wyld (1975-1981)
Liz Wyly (1979-1981)
Julie Wynne (1975-1980)
Matthew Young (1983-1989)

Other Signatories

Philippa Abrahams (Wells, 1985-1990)
Richard Abram (Deputy Editor, Early Music Magazine, 1981-1984)
Rebecca Agnew
Pablo Aharonian
Jim Aitchison (composer)
Patricia Alessandrini (Lecturer in Music, Bangor University)
Fiona Alexander (RNCM, 1985-1989)
Leon Alexander
Helen Alipaz
Liesbeth Allart
Bryan Allen (Former Head of Brass, RCS)
Pauline Allies (teacher)
Alvaro Alonso (architect)
Emma Alter (RNCM, 1993-1997)
Evie Anderson (Purcell, 1988-1992)
Leonie Anderson (RCM Junior Department, 1979-1981; GSMD 1984-1986; GSMD Junior Department staff, 1986-1990)
Rebecca Anderson
Francis Anthony
Howard Anthony
Pavlos Antoniadis (pianist and musicologist; PhD candidate, Hochschule für Musik Dresden)
Hannah Appleyard
Joanna Archard (YMS, 1983-1984)
Panayotis Archontides (pianist)
Warwick Armstrong
Tamara Arom-Hobbs (City University/GSMD)
Marina Ascherson (viola player)
Bob Ashworth (principal horn, Opera North; RNCM, 1973-1977)
Maruxa Baliñas
Lizzie Ball
John Banbury
Maureen Banbury
Jacqueline Barclay
Jake Barlow (Student at Oxford University; Freelance Countertenor; Fellow of the Academy of Saint Cecilia; Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers)
Sacha Barlow (YMS, 1982-1989)
Henrietta Barnes Brougham
Bernadette Barrett
Jonathan Barrett
Mark Barrett
Richard Barrett (composer)
Fenella Barton (Wells 1975-1982; RNCM 1982-1986; RCM, 1986-1987)
Charlotte Bassett-Chan (Junior GSMD, 1990-1993; RAM 1997-1999)
Lisa Batiashvili
Juliette Bausor (Purcell, 1993-1997)
Sally Beamish (composer)
Maria Beattie (GSMD, 1981-1984)
Kath Becker
Adam Bell (composer)
Sally Bell (RAM)
Sian Bell {Wells, 1979-1985)
Justin Benz
Donna C. Bergen
Michael Berkeley (composer, broadcaster, presenter, Private Passions, Radio 3)
Val Berry
Thomas Besnard
Sarah Beth Briggs (pianist)
Louise Bevan
Jeremy Bines
Heather Bird (RNCM, 1994-1997)
Clara Biss (Wells, 1991-1997)
Ishani Bhoola (Purcell, 1981-1984; GSMD, 1984-1988)
Penelope Bisby (RNCM, 1972–1976)
Professor Roger Bisby (University of Salford)
Sara Bitlloch (YMS, 1987-1992)
Martin Bloor (RNCM, 1989-1994)
Russell Bloor
Lucy Bloore, nee Turnbull (TCM, 1990-1994)
Philipp Blume (composer, USA & Germany)
Ann Bolt (Wells, 1983-1990)
Rachel S. Bolt (Trinity College of Music Junior Department, 1976-1982; RAM, 1982-1986; University of Southern California, 1987-1988)
Fiona Bonds
S. Bordoli
Andrew Bottrill (pianist)
Tim Boulton
Deirdre Bowers-Broadbent (Former Head of Music, Hampstead School, London Borough of Camden)
Andrew Bowie (saxophonist, Professor of German and Philosophy, Royal Holloway College, University of London
The Rev Professor June Boyce-Tilman
Douglas Boyd (oboist)
Martin Boyer
Anna Bradley (RNCM, 1990-1994)
Gail Brand (trombonist; Lecturer, GSMD)
Chris Brannick (percussionist)
Karan Braun (Dartington College of Arts, 1988-1991; University of York, 1991-1992)
Katie Brett (harpist/pianist; RNCM Junior, 1983-1987; RNCM, 1987-1991)
Robert Bridge (RCM, 1977-1982)
Juliet Brien (RNCM, 1982-1986)
Eric Brierley (jazz trombonist)
Helen Briscoe (Violinist)
Jenni Britton (musician, peripatetic teacher of children)
Sam Brooks
Dearbhla Brosnan (RAM, 1994-1996)
Eileen Broster (RCM, 1951-1956)
Andrea Brown (GSMD, 1997-1999)
James Brown (Artist Manager, Hazard Chase)
Mariko Brown (GSMD)
Morven Bryce (RAM, 1988-1993)
Leilani B’Smith
Caroline Buckley (singer)
Ian Burdge (University of Surrey, 1990-1993
Rebecca Burnham
Sarah Burrell
Sheva Burton
Judith Busbridge
Professor Martin Butler (RNCM, 1978-1982; Fellow, RNCM)
Helen Butterworth, nee Stapleton (RCM, 1970-1974)
Peter Byrom-Smith (composer)
Rachel Byrt
Liam Cagney
James Calhoun
Andrew Callister
Margaret Callister
Fiona Campbell (St Mary’s Music School, 1985-1989; RNCM, 1989-1994)
Matthew Campbell
Meghan Campbell
Helen Cannell (AGSM)
Sarah Carling, nee Marsh (Kent Music School, 1984-1990)
Gary Carpenter (composer)
Debbie Carson
Professor Nicholas Carthy (Opera music director, Colorado University)
Alan Cassar (composer)
Gemma Casey
Derek Castle (Friend of National Youth Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)
Justine Catterall
Simon Chalk (violinist, conductor)
Michael Chance
Alexander Chaplin (conductor, organist, RAM, Oxford University, RCM)
Stephen Chase
Aniela Emma Chaudhuri
Rebecca Chaudhuri
Christopher Cheatle
Julia Chellel (RAM, 1982-1985)
Robert Chew (Violinist)
Joanna Chiang
Mark Chivers (RNCM)
Sarah Chown (ESL teacher, coach, examiner)
Carole Christian
Peter Cigleris
Catherine Clark (RCS, 2011-present)
Philip Clark (musician and writer)
Raymond Clarke (RNCM)
Jon Clifford (trombonist; RAM, 1983-1987)
Christopher Clift (GSMD 1958-60; Northern School of Music 1964-68)
Régis Cochefert
Tom Collingwood
Amy Collins
Paula Collins
Peter Collyer (RCM, 1980-1984)
Margaret Coltman (Cellist and Founding Manager, The Arundel Ensemble)
Elizabeth Coningsby
Corrina Connor (practice supervisor, house mistress, academic music teacher, Purcell School, 2008-2010)
Saskia Constantinou
Ruth Contractor (RNCM, 1984-1989)
Imogen Cooper (pianist)
Andrea Cornejo (psychologist)
Diane Costello, nee Stewart (RNCM, 1982-1987)
Janice Coulburn
John Cowin
Edmund Coxon (St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, 1972-1983)
Chris Craker (RNCM, 1977-1981)
Andrea Creech (musician, psychologist, mother of a former specialist music school student)
Brian Crook (retired class music teacher and ex peripatetic teacher for upper strings)
Siobhain Crosbie (APS Psychotherapy)
Ruth Crouch (RAM, 1973-1977)
Gillian Crow
Simon Crow
Margot Cruft
Francis Cummings (worked at Chet’s, early 1980s; Director of Music, St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, 2007-2011)
Joe Cutler (Head of Composition, Birmingham Conservatoire)
Chaya Czernowin (Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music, Harvard University)
Nikhil Dally
Fiona Dalzell (pianist, teacher)
Nicholas Daniel (Purcell, 1972-1980)
Michael d’Arcy (RNCM, 1986-1990)
Philip Davey
Sue Dawson
Caroline Dearing
Claire Debenham (Wells, 1975-1982)
Frances Dewar (RCM, 1989-1993; RNCM, 1993-1996)
Scott Dickinson (RNCM, 1989-1993; Tutor, RNCM and Chetham’s, 2000-2002)
Ximena Di Vanni
Alison Dixon (St.Mary’s, 1989-1993)
Iain Dixon (saxophonist, instrumental teacher)
John Tyler Dodge (hornist)
Lori Dolloff (Faculty of Music, University of Toronto)
Steve Doman (Wells, 2005-2007; GSMD, 2007-2011; RAM, 2011-2012)
Lis Dooner
Mark Doran (critic)
Laurie Dover
Suzanne Doyle
Danny Driver
Michael Druiett (opera singer)
Jessica Duchen (critic)
Fiona Duncan (RAM, 1981-1985)
Roderick Dunk (conductor)
Chris Dunlop
Olivia Duque
Sophia Durrant (YMS, 1983-1989)
Edward Dusinberre (first violinist, Takács Quartet)
Liz Dux (Practice Group Leader (Partner), Personal Injury, Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP)
Mary Eade (YMS, 1963-1967)
Karen Eaves (violinist, early years music specialist)
Jane Ebel
Lindsay Edkins (solicitor)
Lucy Edkins (teacher)
Elin Edwards
Juliet Edwards (RAM, early 1980s)
Sebastiaan Eldritch-Böersen
Helen Ella (St. Mary’s School, Edinburgh, 1991-1997)
Joyce Ellis (RNCM, 1973-1975)
Shane S. Ellis
Giles Enders (Chair of Music, Conway Hall, London)
James Erber (composer)
Nega Esfandiary
Nancy Evans (RNCM, 1991-1995)
Richard Evans (RNCM, 1998-2002)
Suzanne Evans
Craig Ewens (GSMD, 1984-1990)
Andrea de Fammineis (bassoonist)
Matt Farrow
Anni Faulkner
Julian Faultless (RAM 1982-1985)
Kate Fawcett
Joseph Fazakas
Leia Fell-Murray
Veronica Fell
Paul Fensom
Jane Fenton
Ruth Ferreira (violist; RCM 1988-1993)
Neil Ferris (conductor)
Margaret Fingerhut (pianist; former Tutor in Piano, RNCM, 1998-2002)
Deborah Fink (TCM, 1990-1991; National Youth Choir under Michael Brewer, 1986-1987)
Gillian Fisher
Suzy Fisher (Purcell, 1984-1989)
Helen Flack
Colin Fletcher
Richard Fletcher
Cheryl Forbes (GSMD, 1992-1995; RSAMD, 2003-2004)
Andrew Ford (Bass trombone, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra)
Cindy Foster
Elaine Francis (Wells, 1985-1990)
Clare Fraser
Sylvia Fraser
Vicky Freeman, nee Hemmings (RNCM, 1992-1996)
Elaine Freitas
Peter Furniss
Emily Gadd (TCM, 2008-2012)
Billie Ganendran
Ian Gardiner (Senior Lecturer in Music, Goldsmiths, University of London)
Patricia Garner
Helena Gaunt (Assistant Principal (Research and Academic Development), GSMD)
Andrei Gavrilov (pianist)
Alison Gee (RNCM, 1982-1987)
Susie Gibbon (RNCM)
Persephone Gibbs (violinist; GSMD, 1998-2000; Juilliard pre-college division, 1984-1986)
Ian Gillan (lead singer, Deep Purple)
Cathy Giles
Isabel Giles (violinist)
Jane Ginsborg (GSMD, 1976-1978; Associate Dean of Research, RNCM)
Stephane Ginsburgh (pianist)
Ernst Simon Glaser (Wells, 1986-1991; Purcell, 1991-1993; RNCM 1993-1999)
Alexis Gledhill (GSMD 1974-1978, Law Society Children’s Panel)
Gregorio Godoy
Miles Golding
Lauren Goldthorpe
Debbie Golt (Chair, Women in Music UK (signing here in personal capacity); MD,
Alex Gordon (GSMD Junior; RAM, 1999-2009)
Alison Gordon
Elizabeth Gordon (TCM, 1975-1978)
Geraldine Gordon
Julie Gordon
Diana Goss (psychotherapist)
Steve Goss (Wells, left 1982, taught at Menuhin School, 1994-2000)
Howard Gott
Elizabeth Gould
Katharine Gowers
Donald Grant (St. Mary’s Music School 1992-1998; RNCM, 1998-2003)
Timothy Grant (RAM, 1974-1979)
Elaine Sapier Green (violinist; RNCM, 1964-1974)
Owen Green
Elaine Greene
Sharron Griffiths (RNCM, 1991-1995)
Anthony Gritten (Head of Undergraduate Programmes, RAM)
Margaret Groarke
Don Groarke
Donald Grossi
Michael Grossi
Alan Gruner
Aessi Gunawardhana
Elanor Gunn
Jason Hadland (Care Manager and safeguarding specialist)
L.R. Hamblett
Marc-André Hamelin (pianist)
Gareth Hamil
Carl Hammond
Suzie L. Hammond
Julia Hampson
Lisa Hannigan
Elspeth Hanson
Jenny Hanson (RSAMD 1995-99; RCM 1999-2000)
Simon Haram
Amy Harman (RCM, 2005-2009)
John Harborne
Diane Harper (RNCM)
Sylvia Harper (Junior RAM, 1975-1981; RCM 1984-1985)
Jeffrey Harrington (composer)
Jane Harris (RAM)
Steven Harrold (tenor)
Dr. Joe Harrop (violinist; RAM, 1999-2000; Programme Director, Sistema Aotearoa)
Jackie Hartley (RAM, 1978-1982)
Waka Hasegawa (pianist)
Michael Haslam (musician)
Micaela Haslam
Marilyn Hawes
Steve Hawker (Wells, 1987-1989)
Kendra Hawley
Sam Hayden (composer)
Morgan Hayes (composer)
Sara Hayes
Lou Hayter
Michael Heald (RNCM, 1985-1989)
Stefanie Heichelheim (RAM, 1976-1981)
Björn Heile (Senior Lecturer in Music, Glasgow University)
Struan Hellier (Head of Sixth Form, Shrewsbury School)
Dorothy Henson
Sally Herbert (GSMD, 1982-1986)
Emily Hester (Wells, 1999-2005)
Margaret Hewitson (mother of 2 RNCM students)
Andrew Hewitt
Anthony Hewitt (YMS, 1985-1988)
Della Hickey (TCM, 1982-1986)
Alan Hicks (RNCM, 1988-1991)
Suzanne Higgins
Fiona Higham
Sarah Hill
Alex Hills (RAM, 1996-1998; Lecturer, RAM, 2006-present)
Rolf Hind (RCM, 1982-1987)
Alistair Hinton (Curator, The Sorabji Archive)
Nina Hirsch
Piaras Hoban
Nicolas Hodges (Christ Church Cathedral School, 1977-1983)
Adam Hodgkins
Linda Holt
Ann Hooley (violinist)
Leslie Howard (pianist)
Simon Howard (poet)
Luci Howarth
Tom Howe (RCM, 1969-1973, former instrumental teacher in private and state schools)
Corin Howitt (parent of child currently at Chetham’s)
Nick Howson (RNCM, 1985-1989)
Eleanor Hudson
Nick Hughes
Andrew Hugill
Thomas Hull
John Humphries (Assistant Head of Keyboard Studies, Birmingham Conservatoire, 1982-2009)
Colin Hunt (Bath College of Higher Education, 1986-1989)
Matthew Hunt (Lichfield Cathedral School, 1980-1985; GSMD, 1990-1994)
Amanda Hurton (YMS, 1972-1982; RCM, 1982-1987)
Philippa Ibbotson
Catherine Impett (RNCM, 1986-1990)
Audrey Innes (former member of staff, St Mary’s)
John Irving (Associate Fellow, Institute of Musical Research)
Ben Isaacs
Steven Isserlis (Cellist)
Patrick Jackman
David Jackson
Sarah James (RAM, 1994-2000; Tutor: GSMD Junior Dept)
Ed Jefferies
Rachel Jeffers
Abigail Johnson
Celia Johnson (RCM, 1971-1974)
Nancy Johnson
Patrick Tapio Johnson (RSAMD, 2003-2007; GSMD, 2009-2012)
Pauline Johnson
Tom Johnston (RNCM, 1993-1994)
Frances Johnstone
Suzanne Jolley (Purcell School 1992-1994; RNCM 1995-99; RAM 1999-2000)
Andrew Jones (RAM, 1980-1984)
Cath Jones
Victoria Jones (Wells, 1988-1990)
Seth Josel (guitarist)
Laurence Joyce
Jozef Kaputska (The Juilliard School, up to 1992; RAM, up to 1997)
Anna Kauer
Alison Kay (TCM, 1982-1985; GSMD, 1985-1986)
Graeme Kay
Michal Kaznowski (YMS, early 1970s)
Sue Keegan von Allmen
Carolyn Kelly
Francesca Kemp (RCM Junior College, 1976-1978)
Nigel Kenyon
Bill Kerr (RCM, 1972-1976)
Glenn Kesby (counter tenor)
Gabrielle King
George King
Tierney Kirby
Tina Kisella (Lecturer, PhD Candidate, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Mother)
Kirsten Klingels (RAM, 1981-1985)
Vanessa E. Klink
Mollie Koenigsberger (RCM, 1969-1972)
Margarita Kourtparasidou (percussionist; MMus, Amsterdam Conservatory)
Ivan Kushlick
Irita Kutchmy (formerly spelt Irrita Kuchmy) (YMS, 1965-1968)
Jason Lai
Mary S. Laing (GSMD, 1971-1974)
Tristram Lake (RNCM, 1988-1990)
Katharine Lam (piano tutor, Birmingham Conservatoire)
Simon Lane (RNCM, 2000-2008)
Paul Lanfear
Valerie Langfield
Jerry Lanning (arranger, conductor, GSMD, 1966-1971)
Fiona Lau
Chris Lawry
Sandie Leaver
Norman Lebrecht (author, critic)
Kate Ledger (University of Huddersfield)
Helen Leek
Katharine Leek
Belinda Lefevre
Jacqueline Leighton-Jones
François Leleux
Rebecca Lenton
Sarah Leonard (singer)
John Less (Lay Vicar, Chichester cathedral choir, 1983-1989; Minor canon, St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1993-1998; Precentor of Wakefield, 2006-2009)
Gaby Lester (YMS, 1971-1973)
Zoe Lethbridge
Catherine Lett (Purcell, 1989-1991; GSMD, 1991-1996)
Sophia Levene
Bjørg Lewis
Carolyn Liefkes-Skinner (Wells, 1974-1976)
Adam Lindsley
Alexander Lingas (Senior Lecturer in Music, City University London)
James Lisney
Joy Lisney
Sally Lisney
Gabielle Burgin Lister (RMCM, 1965-1969; Vocla/choral adjudicator of British and International Federation of Festivals; voice teacher and consultant)
Tasmin Little (violinist)
Rosy Liu (RAM, 1976-1979)
Josephine Lively (GSMD, 1976-1980)
Rachel Lockwood (RNCM, 2008-2010)
Jane Lomax (TCM, 1969-1973)
Gemma Long (Wells, 1984-1991)
Natascha Loresch
Anne Loughran (musician,teacher,parent)
Amy Loveday-Hu (teacher)
Dr. Carol Lovelidge (parent of two ex-Purcell School pupils)
Chloe Lovelidge (psychotherapist)
Pauline Lowbury (violinist)
Cathy Lowe
Cora Venus Lunny
Graham Lynch
Nigel McBride (composer)
David McCallum
Richard A. McCready (RNCM, 1985-1989)
Alice McDermott
Andrew MacDonald
Moira Macdonald
Sue Macdonald (Oboist and teacher , ex Purcell parent)
Alexandra Mackenzie (cellist)
Dr. Christine Mackenzie (Parent of children at RAM)
Harriet Mackenzie
Laura McGowan (barrister, founder ‘All our daughters’ campaign)
Marion McGowan (violinist)
Yvonne McGuinness (violinist)
Elizabeth Macintosh (RCS, 1974-1977)
Helen McGee
Ed McKeon
Linda McLaren (teacher, Centre for Young Musicians)
Crisetta MacLeod
John McLeod (composer)
Ian McMillan (Conductor, Accompanist and Keyboard Skills Tutor, The Purcell School, 2002-2011)
Peter McMullin (Oxford University, 1982-1985)
Jo McNally
Beth McNich
Gordon Macpherson
Bridget MacRae
Alice McVeigh
Dr. John Madden
T.A. Madden
Edward McGuire (composer)
Richard Mander (RNCM, 1990-1994)
Jane Manning (singer; RAM, 1956-1960)
Rita Manning (RAM, 1979-1983)
Mimia Margiotta
Francesco Mariani
Dennis Marks (Former Director, English National Opera)
Wendy Marks (GSMD, 1980-1984)
Barry Marsh (Freelance music writer and researcher)
Jacqueline Marshall
Elizabeth Mason (RNCM: 1977-1983)
Madeleine Mattar (GSMD)
Janet Marsden (GSMD, 1985-1989)
Jacqueline Marshal
Melanie L. Marshall (Lecturer in Music & Marie Curie Fellow, University College Cork; Visiting Scholar, NYU Music Dept)
Emma Martin (Purcell, 1983-1992; GSMD, 1992-1996)
Kirsty Matheson (Wells, 1991-1994)
Sandy Matheson (Music therapist, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland)
Jo May (percussionist)
Lizzy May (YMS, 1992-1999; RNCM)
Judy Mayhew (Violinist)
Liz Melville
Miguel Mera (Composer; Head of Centre for Music Studies, City University London)
Max A. Midroit (pianist, NYC)
Hilary Michael (St Mary’s, 1999-2002; RAM 2002-2008)
Robin Michael
Sophia Miettunen (RNCM, 1989-1993)
Geoff Miles
Jacqui Miles (Purcell School, 1977-1978)
Tom Millar (RAM, 2010-2012)
Amos Miller (trombonist)
Janey Miller
Rachael Mills (RAM, 1987-1991)
Monzerrat Miranda
William Alberto Penafiel Miranda
Graham Mitchell
Madeleine Mitchell (violinist; professor, RCM)
Priya Mitchell (YMS)
Chi-Yu Mo
Noriko Moffat
Hugh Molloy
Alison Moncrieff-Kelly (freelance cellist and teacher)
Rebecca Money Kyrle (Purcell School, 1982-1986)
Ann Monnington (GSMD, 1986-1987)
Roger Montgomery (horn player)
Sylvie Montgomery
Nicolette Moonen
Darragh Morgan (violinist, Fidelio Trio)
Sarah Morgan
Paul Morgan
Alexandra Morphet (Wells, 1970s)
Gavin Morrison (GSMD, 1986-1989)
Marilyn Morton
Gwen Mtambirwa (St Mary’s, 1992-1997)
Lindsay Mulgrew
Daniel Mullin (BBCCO)
David Munn (RCS, 2011-present)
Malcolm Munro (St Mary’s, 2002-2005)
Jenny Murphy
Kim Murphy
David Murray
Gemma Murray
Jean Murray (taught at St Mary’s School, 1978-1999)
Kate Musker
Jennie Muskett (composer; RCM)
John Myerscough (cellist)
Peter Nagle (composer)
Rosemary Nalden
Uchenna Ngwe (oboist and teacher)
Anna Nicole
Lisa Nelsen (Flute teacher, Wells)
Jennifer Nickson (violinist)
Tanya Nienaber
Sarah Nixon (RNCM, 1997-2003)
Sam Thi Nguyen
Heather Nicholl (Head of Woodwind, RCS)
George Nicholson (composer)
Peter Noke (former teacher, RNCM Summer School, Chetham’s Summer School; current teacher, Sedbergh School; ABRSM examiner)
Laudan Nooshin (Senior Lecturer in Music, City University, London)
Chi-chi Nwanoku (double bassist; RAM, 1977-1981)
Elisabeth Nygård-Pearson
Karen O’Connor (RNCM 1974-1978)
Marie O’Connor
Heather O’Donnell (pianist)
Deirdre O’Leary (RNCM, 1990-1994)
Gary O’Shea
Martin Offord
Huaginn Oliver
Patricia Oliver
Professor Philip Olleson (Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Nottingham, Immediate Past President, The Royal Musical Association)
Marianne Olyver (violinist; mother of former Purcell School pupil)
Debbie Orriss
Karen Orriss
Michael Orriss
Stephen Orton (cellist, GSMD, 1966-1970)
Steven Osborne (pianist)
Charles Owen
Tom Owen (Purcell School, 1994-1998; RAM 1998-2001)
Anne Ozorio (critic)
Nicola Padel (psychotherapist)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Gabrielle Painter
Settimio Palermo
Claire Parfitt (LSO)
Harry Parham-Connolly
Stephen Parham-Connolly
John Parsons (RNCM, 1989-1994)
Julie Partridge (Junior Exhibitioner, RAM, 1968-1975)
Pippa Patterson
Yvonne Patterson (flautist)
Fali Pavry (Professor, Keyboard and Collaborative Piano, RCS)
Anthony Payne (composer)
Richard G. Pearce (retired Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician)
Liz Peecock
Judith Pendrous (RNCM, 1986-1989)
Eleanor Percy
J. Penn
Glyn Perrin (composer)
Lola Perrin (composer, piano teacher)
Lis Peskett (GSMD, 1986-1989; RNCM, 1989-1990)
Catherine Pestano (community musician and music teacher)
Jeremy Peyton Jones (composer, Goldsmith’s College, University of London)
Ruth Philips (YMS, 1975-1981)
Professor John Pickard (Composer; Head of Music, University of Bristol)
Chantelle Pike
Andrew Piper (RNCM 1999-2001)
Jessica Pitt-Molloy
Marinela Potor
Francis Pott (composer)
Sarah Potter
Eleri Angharad Pound (harpist, composer)
Jonathan Powell (pianist)
Steph Power (Junior Exhibitioner, GSMD, 1980-1983)
Gily Poznansky (Flautist, educator)
John Pratt (RNCM, 1997-2001)
Oliver Preece (RAM, 1985-1989)
David Price OBE (Senior Associate, Innovation Unit)
Amber Priestley
Gordon Pringle (cello teacher Junior Trinity College of Music, parent of two ex-Purcell School pupils)
Seona Pritchard (RNCM, 1988-1990)
Becky Proctor
Irena Pryma-Percy (RNCM, 1973-1975)
David Quigley (pianist, piano tutor, Birmingham Conservatoire)
Gary Randall
Chrissie Ranson
Thomas Raskin
Annie Ray (RNCM, 1997-2001)
Clare Raybould (Wells, 1985-1991; RAM, 1992-1996)
Emma Rea
Kate Read
Lauren Redhead (composer)
Revd. Val Reid
Cecily Rice (RCM, 1971-1974)
Sam Richards (Lecturer in Music, University of Plymouth)
Julia Riley (RAM. 1999-2003)
Catherine Rimer (cellist)
Nicholas Rimmer (pianist; RNCM Junior, 1990-2000)
Diane Rivaud (Head of Leicestershire Schools Music Service; RWCMD 1978-1981)
Daniel Roberts
Sylvia Roberts (RNCM, 1994)
Michelle Robinson (RNCM, 1999-2003)
Rachel Robson
Niamh Roche
Simon Rogers
Ben Rogerson (cellist)
Paul Rogerson
Ronit Ronen (RCM, 1986-1989)
Martin Roscoe (RMCM, 1968-1972; RNCM 1972-1974)
Catherine Rose (RCM, 1984-1986)
Gemma Rosefield (Purcell, 1996-2000)
Deian Rowlands (Wells, 1995-1997; Guildhall, 1997-2002)
Miriam Roycroft (RNCM, 1981-1985)
Allyxa Ruby
Stephen Rumsey (musician, teacher)
Julian Rushton (Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Leeds)
Fiona Russell
Rebecca Russell (Purcell, 1986-1990)
Tim Rutherford-Johnson (writer and critic)
Louis Rutland (violinist)
Dr. Julie Anne Sadie (cellist, musicologist)
Simon de Saint Jorre
Helen Sanders-Hewett
Jody Sapsard
Stephen Saunders (GSMD, 1969-1972)
Martin Saving
Julian Saxl (RNCM, 1980-1984)
Martin Scaiff (Wells, 1995-1997)
Catherine Schofield
Neil Schofield
Clare Scholtz (oboist)
Colin Scobie (violinist, RCM)
Annelies Scott
Beverley Scott (RNCM, 1986-1990)
Frazer Scott (Music School of Douglas Academy, 2001-2005; GSMD, 2009-present)
Fred Scott (RAM, 1979-1985; Director, Soundpractice Music Ltd)
Professor Derek B. Scott (Professor of Critical Musicology, University of Leeds)
Melissa Scott
Mary Scully (Guildhall, 1979-1983)
Judith Serota
Liz Sharma
Helen Sharp, nee Cole (RCM Junior, 1982-1991; RCM, 1994-1996)
Kay Sharples
Jacqueline Shave (violinist)
Amanda Shearman (RAM, 1982-1986)
Emma Sheppard
Bernie Sherlock (Choral Conductor and Lecturer in Music, DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin)
Andre Shlimon
Matthew Shlomowitz (Lecturer in Music, University of Southampton)
Aaron Shorr (Head of Keyboard, RCS)
Moeidur Anna Sigurdardottir
Jeremy Silver
Sally Silver
Helen Simons (Purcell, 1990-1992)
Julia Singleton (RNCM, 1980s)
Sophie Sirota (Wells, 1986-1992)
Kate Skeet
Marsha Skinns
Sandi Skipper (Junior RNCM, 1977-1983; GSMD, 1983-1988)
Jessamy Skrimshire (YMS, 1983-1992)
Lucy Slane
Paula Sloan
Shirley Smart (GSMD, 1991-1995)
Colin Smith (GSMD, 1982-1986)
Dave Smith (composer, pianist)
Kai Smith (MD, Ridley Scott Associates)
Kathryn Smith
Martin Smith (RCM Junior, 1974-1980; RAM, 1980-1985)
Moira Smith (former Chairman of Trustees, Pro Corda Trust)
Peter Smith (RNCM, 1992-1994)
Tim Smith (school music teacher and church choir director)
Andrew Snell (CEO, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music; President, Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums)
Sophie Solomon (violinist, composer)
Clare Southworth (Professor of flute, RAM; studied at RNCM, former teacher at Junior RNCM, Chet’s, Purcell School)
Jacquie Speirs, nee McCreadie (St Mary’s, 1976-1981)
Vanda Spence (RNCM, 1986-1990)
Adam Spiers (RAM, 1998-2000)
Thea Spiers (RNCM, 2000-2004)
Jessica Standley (Slater & Gordon Lawyers)
Rick Standley (RAM, 1978-1982)
Amy Stanford
Suzanne Stanzeleit (violinist)
Rachel Steadman (violinist, GSMD)
Sarah Stephenson (chef)
Christel Stevens, nee Adamczyk (RCM, 2003-2007)
Clare Stevens (Former editor, Music Teacher magazine)
Carol Steyn (musicologist, South Africa)
Jennifer Stinton
Alex Stirling
Caroline Stone
Elizabeth Stone (Purcell, 1994-1996)
Kathryn Stott (YMS 1967-1975, RNCM 1975-1979)
David Stowe (head of service, Wandsworth Schools’ Music Service)
Laurie Stras (RCM, 1981-1984; Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Southampton)
Nina Stubbings (RCM, 1992-1996)
Shirley Stump
Chris Sutcliffe
David Sutton
Gemma Sutton
Mark Sutton
Katherine Svistoonoff (pianist)
Diana Swann (Bell) (ABRSM examiner(retired); ISM Private Teachers’ Warden 1999-2000)
Adam Swayne (pianist + composer; RNCM 1998-2003)
Elizabeth Sweet
Joyce Tammo (Purcell, 1986-1988)
Satoko Tanigawa
Dilly Taylor (RMCM/RNCM, 1971-1975)
Jennifer Taylor
Jill Taylor
Clara Tchotoeva (piano teacher, California)
Penny Terry (peripatetic music teacher of children and young people)
Naomi Thomas
Philip Thomas (Senior Lecturer in Music, Huddersfield University)
Rebecca Thompson (RNCM, 1981-1985)
Alex Thorndike (RNCM, 1990-1995)
Jason Thornton (conductor, faculty member, Bath Spa University Music Department)
Julia Thornton
Marianne Thorsen (Purcell, 1983-1984, 1987-1989)
Sylvina Tilbury, nee Wood (RCM, 1996-1997)
Katharine Tindall
Mikel Toms (conductor)
Joan Trainor, LTCL, FTCL (music teacher)
Megan Tress (music course organiser)
Henry Tricks
Fiona Troon (Birmingham Conservatoire, 1997-2001; RCM, 2001-2003)
Anne Trygstad (St.Mary’s Music School, 1996-1997; RCM, 1997-2002)
Natalie Tsaldarakis (pianist)
Jessie Tucker
Natalie Twigg (RCM, 1987-1993)
Katharine Tylko-Hill (RCM, early 1970s)
Katharine Tyrell (artist and writer)
Charlie Usher
Richard Uttley (GSMD, 2008-present)
Luk Vaes (pianist)
Asidis Valdimarsdottir
Nick van Bloss (pianist)
Olive van Lieshout
Ian Verchere
Vivien Vernede
Emma Vidgeon (cellist; Wells, 1983-1985; RCM,1985-1990)
Jon Visanji (RNCM, 1998-2003)
Clare Volante
Elisabeth Wagner
Lucy Wakeford (harpist)
Alex Walker
Charles Walker
Elizabeth Walker
Victoria Walker (Wells, 1990-1995; RNCM, 1995-1999; RCM, 1999-2000)
Katie Walsh
Caitlin Walter (pianist)
Cam Walter
Becky Walters (GSMD 1990-1994; RAM 1994-1995)
Tim Warburton
Adi Ward
Patrick Ward
Christine Warden (RNCM, 1984-1988)
Ann Warner (Purcell, 1984-1992)
Valerie Warr, nee Coghlan (clarinettist, saxophonist)
David Watkin (Wells, 1979-1983, taught at RNCM, 1999-2002)
Jean Watkins
Andy Watts
Penelope Wayne-Shapiro (RAM, 1974-1979)
Alison Wells (Wells, 1977-1981)
Pippa Wells (violinist)
Joanna Wesling (RNCM, 1993-1997)
Jonathan West
Rachael Western (RNCM, 1984-1988)
Caroline Westoby
Rebecca Whettham (Wells, 1978-1982; RNCM, 1982-1986)
Lisa Whistlecroft (freelance sound artist)
Miranda Whitmarsh (violinist; Douglas Academy, Scotland, 2006-2012)
Trevor Wiggins (Director of Music, Dartington College of Arts, 1991-2010)
Emily Wignall
Angela Willes
Anna E. Wilson (amateur musician, PhD candidate, Queen Mary College, University of London)
Stephen Wild (Head of Music, ArtForms, Leeds City Council)
Chris Wiley (Senior Lecturer, City University London)
Margaret Lucy Wilkins (composer; Principal Lecturer in Music, University of Huddersfield, 1978-2003)
Rachel Wilkins
Professor Alan Williams (composer, University of Salford)
David Carlston Williams (RNCM, 2000-2004)
Jeremy Williams (Wells)
Louise Williams
Stephen Williams (double bassist)
Yuen Yum San Williams (Wells)
Bryony Williamson
Phill Willcox (Purcell, 1996-2001)
Joanna Willey nee Madin (CSM, 1993-1997; St Mary’s, 1997-1999)
Sarah Willson
Adrian Wilson (RAM, 2000-2002)
Jeremy Wilson (RNCM, 2006-2010)
Julia Wilson (RCM, 1987-1992)
Professor Rachel Beckles Willson (Royal Holloway College)
John Winfield (GSMD, 1985)
Mari Winkelman
Susie Winkworth
Karen Wise (RNCM, 1997-2000)
Michael Wood (singing teacher)
Marc Woodhurst (music teacher)
Catherine Woodman
David Wright
Fran Wright (RNCM, 1990-1994)
Janet Wright
Lucy Wright (RNCM, 1973-1978)
Mike Wright (RNCM, 1973-1977)
Lesley Wynne (RAM)
Simon Wynne
Marc Yeats (composer)
Temirzhan Yerzhanov (pianist, conductor, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduate 1989-1996; faculty member 1997-2001)
Andrew Yorke
Justine Yorke
Dr Susan Young
Alistair Zaldua (composer)
Miranda Zwalf (RCM, 1982-1986)

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341 Comments on “Petition for an Inquiry into Sexual and other Abuse at Specialist Music Schools – The List of Signatories”

  1. Jane Kärner says:

    Please add my name to the petition. Studied at Chets 1978-1985.

    • Marisa Thornton (Thornton-Wood now) says:

      Hi Ian, sorry for late email, have been off the radar. DO add my name to the list please. I was a pupil at Chet’s between 1982-1990. You have my 100% support. Thank you for organising.
      Please add me as Marisa Thornton.

    • Hefina Williams . says:

      Hefina Williams (1985 – 87) ….a past Chets pupil.Please add my name to petition.

    • Regis Cochefert says:

      I’d like to add my name to teh petition, even though I missed the original deadline: Régis Cochefert. I did not sudy at Chets.

  2. James Hinton says:

    Could you please include my name in the petition.

    I was at Chets 1973-1979


    James Hinton

  3. David Stowe says:

    Please add my name to the Chethams petition. David Stowe, head of service, Wandsworth Schools’ Music Service

  4. Ben Rogerson says:


  5. Amanda Shearman says:

    Could you add my name to the petition
    Amanda Shearman (RAM 1982-1986)

  6. Justine Catterall says:

    Please add my name to the petition.

  7. Kerena Moeller says:

    Hi Ian, please could you include my name as Kerena Fox on the petition. I was at Chets from 1985-1990. Thanks!

  8. Joanna Wesling says:

    RNCM 1993-1997.

  9. Natalie Twigg RCM 1987-1993

  10. Paul Rogerson says:

    Frances Andrade was a herione and a martyr. The Guardian’ investigative reporting has been brave and brilliant. Every good wish with your petition !

  11. Sam Sutton says:

    Please add my name to the petition – Sam Sutton ’86 to ’88

  12. ianpace says:

    The petition is now closed – MANY thanks to all of you for your support. I will be sending it this week to the heads of all specialist music institutions and colleges and also to a variety of MPs and others, and will continue to post on this blog about further progress and more generally about the ongoing story. There are over 1000 signatories, and over 300 people who were former students or teachers at Chet’s – a sign of the strength of feeling involved.

    • Many thanks. I started the RCM sept 1987 and was given [redacted] as my 2nd study piano teacher. People told me to wear jeans or trousers to his lessons as he was known to get down and “teach” peddling to girls with skirts on. Within a few lessons he was rubbing my back and touching my leg and so I went immediately and reported him. It shocked me that the powers that be simply swapped me to another piano teacher and nothing more was done about it. I found out yesterday that in 1995 [redacted] was charged with sex offences.

  13. Very many thanks, Ian, for all that you’ve done and are continuing to do about this distressing but important subject; I’m sure that we’ll all look forward to further progress reports as and when.

  14. Natalie Langford says:

    Something needs to be done at Chethams. The same teachers that bullied and excluded children are still there. This includes the headteacher and the director of music. I was clinically depressed and they made my life really difficult for me. They seemed incapable of empathy, including the houseparents. Natalie Langford (Pupil at Chethams 1998-2004)

    • I am very sorry to hear of your own plight and I hope that you can bring yourself to feel that the police inquiry now under way and the public inquiry for which Ian Pace and others are calling will help to bring the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth into the public arena for the ultimate benefit and in the best interests of those who have witnessed, heard about and suffered abuse and the school itself; what we all surely desire is progress (as the very name of this blog implies) – in this instance the kind of progress that leads to due and comprehensive revelations, admissions and redress (as far as any redress can be possible and including all information about cover-ups) and a structure and set of guidelines and procedures, together with reliable assurance of adherence to them, for the future.

      That such an eventual outcome could be achieved in memory of Frances Andrade and her family would, of course, be a very large added bonus and mean that all of her suffering and that of her family proves ultimately not to have been entirely in vain.

    • Anon says:

      The worst part is that I saw the allegations of abuse and actually wasn’t surprised but felt glad that the spotlight was finally being shone on them. There was definitely a lack of empathy, care and support and a really oppressive atmosphere. I also suffered from a mental health problem and living in that environment made me so much worse – I became suicidal and was desperately looking for support but I was made to feel like I was a problem. I also know that students were gossiped about by one of the houseparents in the staff room, who regularly spread personal confidential details and made fun of them to the extent that some other members of staff had to leave the room in protest. The same individual also told me she would kill herself if she had acne, which I had. I’m sorry to hear about your experience, Natalie. I really do empathise – I think we aren’t the only two who went through something like this – and I hope you’re OK now.

      • Natassa Varka says:

        Natalie and anon you are both right something also needs to be done about the current lack of pastoral care. In my experience it mainly rests with just a small number of the staff but what they do has a massive impact on the lives of everyone. (Also there aren’t a lot of staff as it is a small school so a small number equals a large proportion. I know the staff in question are still there.) Lisa’s comment about the houseparent gossiping and saying awful things like that reminded me of (I assume) the same houseparent sitting in the common room mocking an autistic student in her care in front of a handful of sixth-form girls. I can think of at least two other students who were let down in a similar way to Lisa and Natalie, when they were struggling and in most in need of support. I think that the school is great if you are lucky enough to go through it being healthy and happy, but if life is difficult then there is a real lack of support and it is sink or swim, and it is a very difficult place to be.

        • Sandie Leaver says:

          I completely endorse your comments Natassa, the house parent in question lacks care and empathy. In addition she is supported by the small number of staff (including senior staff) you refer to. I removed my daughter from the school in 2006 following, what I considered, to be a complete failure in adequate pastoral care.

  15. Eric Brierley says:

    I am a life-long jazz musician. As the parent of a musically gifted child, I thought I was doing my best in sending her to Chets. Now I wonder. She persuaded me to let her leave early. Please enter my name in your petition.

  16. Emma Hannon nee Clarke says:

    Hi Ian,
    Please add my name to the petition. I was at Chets 93-95.


  17. Elizabeth Stone says:

    Hi Ian,
    Please add my name to the petition. Sorry to be late.
    I was at Purcell School 94-96

  18. Jane Fenton says:

    Yes add my name to the petition
    Jane Fenton

  19. Emily says:

    Please add my name if possible.
    Emily Braverman (Chets 2005 – 2009, RNCM 2009 – 2013)

    Thank you.

  20. Scott Dickinson says:

    Please add my name to the petition if at all possible!
    Scott Dickinson (RNCM 1989-93, Tutor, Chets and RNCM 2000-2002)

  21. Sharron Griffiths says:

    I know I am very late, but please add my name if still possible, I was a student at the RNCM 1991-1995

  22. lisa Hannigan says:

    Please add my name to the petition. Lisa Hannigan

  23. I fully support this petition, we must do all we can to assist victim’s of sexual abuse to come forward, thereby giving offenders no place to hide.

  24. Jane Manning and Anthony Payne says:

    Dear Ian,

    Please add our names to the petition: Jane Manning ( singer – RAM 1956-60) and Anthony Payne ( composer).

  25. Susanne Stanzeleit says:

    Sorry to be so late; could you please add my name to the petition, too. And thank you for everything you have done so far.

  26. As a member of the teaching profession forthe whole of my career in music, I can only say that the damage done to pupils and to the institution of music teaching is immense, and it is therefore essential for both victims of abuse and those preparing for a career in music, to say nothing of safeguarding the reputation of all present music teachers, that an enquiry be held forthwith to clarify the situation.

  27. Ellen Marsden says:

    If at all possible please do add my name. I was at Chets from 1978-1982. Thank you so much, Ian for all your hard work.

  28. ianpace says:

    Dear All – thanks for the latest comments and signatures. Whilst I have already produced the PDF version of the blog which has been sent out to numerous people, I am going to keep a list of additional names, which I will add to the list here and start adding to future versions of the PDF.

    I would like to urge as many people as possible to write to their local MP about this petition, with a copy (please e-mail me – – for a copy of the PDF – I will also try and put it up on here). In case you do not know who is your MP, just enter your postcode here – and you should get all of their contact details. I will produce a basic template for the type of letter one might send, which can be used or modified as you wish. The more pressure placed on lots of MPs, the greater the chance of support for this inquiry – please do help in this way!


    • Carolyn Liefkes-Skinner says:

      If it is still possible, please add my name to the petition (I’ve only just found out about it!) I was at Wells Cathedral
      School from 1974-76

  29. Susie Gorgeous says:

    Please add my name to the petition
    Thank you

  30. Thomas Raskin says:

    Please add my name to the petition too, as I only just found out about it.

  31. Joanna Chiang says:

    Please add my name to your petition.

  32. Walter Brewster says:

    If possible please add my name to the petition. I am presently CEO of a music co-operative called Strawberry Music. Formerly Deputy Head of Dorset Music Service. I studied at RCM from 1974-8. Like everyone else I am concerned that we root out the major issues coming to light here. I am also concerned that there is a system that will allow one to one teaching to continue. There are already many music services that see individual teaching as elitist and may use this crisis to divert policy to their own ends. We need to ensure that all teaching is safe for both student and teacher.

  33. Zoe Kitson says:

    Please add my name to the petition. Student at Chetham’s 1993-1995.
    Thank you Ian.

  34. Matt Peacock says:

    Please add my name to the petition. Thanks

  35. Mark Casey says:

    I didn’t go to Chet’s, but I once fell profoundly in love with someone who did. As an adopted Mancunian, I am saddened at the damage caused to its reputation and appalled by the extent of damage caused to such young talented lives, of which we will never know the full extent. Peace and love to to all affected over the years and I hope you find healing for the wounds these essential revelations may inevitably re-open. Perhaps breaking down walls of silence and isolation.

    Please add my name to the petition, unless it’s now closed. If so, please accept my comments.

    Mark Casey.TfGM.

  36. Alison Blunt says:

    Please add my name to the petition, I’ve only just heard about it.

  37. Fiona Allinson says:

    Please add my name to the petition too.

  38. katie heller says:

    Please add my name to the petition too, i didn’t know about it

  39. Alice Leaver says:

    Please add my name; Chethams former pupil – 2002 – 2006

  40. Sandie Leaver says:

    Parent of former pupil ; please add my name

  41. Bill Davies says:

    Please add my name to the petition. I was at Chets between 1983-1985.

    Bill Davies

  42. Owen Hubbard says:

    I realise this is far, far too late, but I’ve been rather out of the loop with developments of late (other than occasionally scanning the news headlines) and would like to give my public support to this petition – or at least register my absolute agreement with what’s said within it, even if it’s too late to add my name officially.

    Owen Hubbard – Chetham’s 2005-2010, University of Oxford 2010-13

    P.S. This seems even more pertinent (if that’s possible) in the light of the reports that have just been released regarding the current state of affairs at the school.
    I won’t comment in detail on what I make of the findings within them – but I think it says something that I, as someone who’s very rarely afraid to speak my mind or to stand up to authority, and who has had nothing to do with Chets for nearly three years, have only now felt emboldened to comment on here under my own name after seeing that a couple of my contemporaries from my time there have already added their names, and after reports criticising aspects of the school have been produced by official bodies and published in national newspapers.

  43. Anne Loughran says:

    Please add my name to the petition
    Anne Loughran (musician,teacher,parent)

  44. Anne Nicole says:

    Please add my name to the petition, as a mother of a young gifted musician who spent a few months recently at YMS, was bullied and didn’t get the right support: OBVIOUS LACKS OF PASTORAL CARES, children’s health and wellness (especially the young ones) is definitely the last thing to invest in and to care for. My daughter came back broken and vulnerable, and meeting a sexual predator in those conditions … well, I just can’t imagine…

  45. Alexandra Morphet says:

    I stumbled upon this by accident and want to endorse your continued efforts to rally support and make a difference. I was a victim of sexual abuse at Wells Cathedral School in the 1970s and got very little support when I was eventually brave enough to reveal to administrators what had occured.

  46. If it is possible, please do add my name….i,m sharing this, as the news has only just appeared on channel 4, and this link was below. Very moved to read this, tho not all, thoroughly, yet.. bravely done. it is vital that we change this for children now and in the future, and also create better support for abuse victims and survivors.

  47. Reblogged this on Join The Dots Campaign and commented:
    Channel 4 news carried an exclusive last nights news. Please read & share this petition, comments below are a moving testimony too, and so many students of lots of schools, parents and others have come together on this……..

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