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Manchester Chamber Choir is a flexible group of singers. Numbering anything from 8 to 30, we can provide mixed / all male / all female choirs to suit each particular event. The range of music we cover is wide from the earliest music of Hildegard von Bingen thr... more.
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Benjamin Myers QC successfully defends music teacher charged with rape
Benjamin Myers QC from Exchange Chambers defended ex-Head of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music, Malcolm Layfield, who was tried at Crown Square, Manchester for an allegation of rape.
Mr. Layfield was a teacher at Chetham's School of Music and also at the Royal Northern College of Music before becoming Head of Strings at the College. He was alleged to have raped an eighteen-year old student thirty years ago. He admitted having had an affair with the student but denied rape.
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Professor Malcolm Layfield, former Head of Strings at the RNCM was today at the Manchester Crown Court found not guilty of an alleged rape dating back to 1982.
Malcolm Layfield had denied the rape charge
Malcolm Layfield, 63, showed no emotion as he was acquitted of one count of rape but his son and daughter burst into tears in the public gallery when the verdict was read out. The former part-time tutor at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) admitted a number of "inappropriate" consensual sexual relationships with students in the 1980s while he was married. The relationships were said to be "common knowledge" in classical musical circles in Manchester and further afield, his trial at Manchester Crown Court heard. However, he denied he used his "power and influence" and "crossed the line" on one occasion during a summer music school he staged in Cornwall. It was said Layfield drove his victim - allegedly drunk on "strong alcoholic punch" made by the defendant - in the middle of the night to an isolated spot and was determined to have sex with her "come what may". The complainant, who he taught at Chetham's and the RNCM, claimed she "gave in" but then went on to have consensual sex with him over the following six weeks. She alleged she was under his "influence and power" as Layfield threatened to take work opportunities away from her if she changed tutors, the court was told. Layfield said she willingly got into his car and that sex followed between the pair which was "a mutual thing that happened". The pair went on to have a sexual relationship, he said, before it later "fizzled out". The father-of-two, of Castle Quay, Castleford, Manchester, told the jury he was not in a position to "destroy people's careers" and neither did he encourage students to get drunk. Layfield was a popular, gifted teacher at both prestigious establishments and an acclaimed violinist himself who performed with the Manchester Camerata orchestra and led his own Goldberg Ensemble, the court heard. He told his rape trial he was "regretful" about the "shameful" consensual relationships he had with female students, with the youngest aged 17. Layfield is now divorced and is not presently working, the court heard.
Graham Mitchell - Royal Academy of Music
As a soloist Graham has performed Bottesini's Concerto in B Minor with the Oare String Orchestra, Bottesini's Grand Duo for Violin and Double bass with the Martel Ensemble (director Malcolm Layfield), Fantasy on La Sonnambula with the English Soloists' Ensemble and Sound Collective and the Passione Amorosa with Matthew MacDonald (Principal Solo Bass, Berlin Philharmonic).