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Musician admits pupil sex assaults

A world-renowned musician at the Royal Academy of Music has admitted sex offences against three of his former pupils.

Duncan McTier, 59, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to two counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault.

McTier, of Isleworth, west London, entered the guilty pleas shortly before he was due to go on trial.

The assaults and attempted assault are believed to involve three different women, at the time aged 17, 21 and 23, who were studying music at various establishments.

The three offences took place between January 1985 and March 1994.

Peter Cadwallader, prosecuting, did not open the case, which was adjourned until 2pm.

McTier was given bail until later today by judge Mr Justice MacDuff.

McTier is recognised as one of the world's foremost double bass soloists and teachers.

He was suspended as Professor of Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London in May 2014 after being charged with the offences.

He has given in excess of 400 solo performances worldwide and inspired a host of superlatives from critics.

He has appeared as soloist in more than 20 countries, with many leading orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.

Born in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, McTier graduated from Bristol University with an honours degree in mathematical sciences before joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20.

A spokesman for the Royal Academy of Music said: "In May 2014 Duncan McTier was charged by police regarding historic cases of sexual abuse in Manchester before his employment at the Royal Academy of Music.

"During his bail Duncan McTier was placed on a precautionary suspension from duty at the academy. He has now resigned from the academy with immediate effect."

McTier is due back in court at 2pm.

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