Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Music professor held in abuse probe

Police have spoken to more than 30 former female pupils of Chetham's School of Music in Manchester who have reported historic sexual abuse

A renowned double bass teacher is being questioned on suspicion of indecently assaulting a former pupil, sources have confirmed.

Duncan McTier, 58, was arrested at his home in London over allegations of sex abuse against a 21-year-old woman in 1994.

His arrest is part of Greater Manchester Police's ongoing investigation into historic sexual abuse at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and Chetham's School of Music.

The alleged offence is said to have taken place while the victim was a pupil at the RNCM in Manchester. Mr McTier was a part-time teacher in his specialist field at the Manchester college between 1984 and 1996.

He is currently a professor of double bass at London's Royal Academy of Music and holds similar positions at the Zurich University of the Arts and the Queen Sofia College of Music in Madrid. According to his official website, Mr McTier is "recognised as one of the world's most foremost double bass soloists and teachers".

The website stated he has been awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music and fellowship of the RNCM . A spokeswoman for the RNCM said: "The Royal Northern College of Music will be assisting the police in whatever way it can. We cannot comment further at this time."

Earlier this week, Greater Manchester Police said more than 30 women had made complaints that they suffered sexual abuse from classical music teachers. A total of 10 key suspects have been identified in the wide-ranging inquiry called Operation Kiso.

Those suspects either taught at Chetham's, the RNCM or privately. Some 39 individuals have been investigated so far in the operation, of which five are deceased. Violin teacher Wen Zhou Li, 57, a professor at the RNCM and a former teacher at Chetham's, was held in February on suspicion of rape and is on bail pending further inquiries.

The allegations come in the fall-out from the high-profile sex abuse trial earlier this year of Chetham's former music director Michael Brewer. Brewer was jailed for six years in March after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting ex-pupil Frances Andrade, 48, more than 30 years ago when she was 14 and 15.

Mrs Andrade killed herself at her home in Guildford, Surrey, a week after giving evidence against him.

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