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Prof. Malcolm Layfield

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Director and Conductor

Goldberg Ensemble

Employment History

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  • Founder
    Goldberg Ensemble
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Professor Malcolm Layfield, 28 Sept 2012 [cached]
Professor Malcolm Layfield DipRSAMD, FRNCM
Head of School of Strings; Tutor in Violin Biography:
Since founding the Goldberg Ensemble in 1982, Malcolm has become well known to audiences as its director and conductor. He has appeared with the ensemble in concerts and on radio and television throughout the world and has given many first performances of pieces written both for him and the ensemble, many of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
In March 2001 he directed the Goldberg Ensemble in its exciting new Contemporary Music Festival, in Manchester, Wolverhampton and Leeds, which was an acclaimed success and has now become firmly established in the new music season. He also conducted the ensemble in their first disc for Naxos of music by Nicola LeFanu and more recordings are planned.
In addition to his work with the Goldberg Ensemble, he is also leader of the London Bach Orchestra and has directed them in concerts at the Barbican and the Queen Elizabeth Hall and throughout Europe. He has appeared as guest leader and soloist with many orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square, the Northern Sinfonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, he made his American debut as soloist at Carnegie Hall, followed by an invitation to be guest concertmaster at the Carmel Bach Festival in California.
Malcolm plays a very fine Gennaro Gagliano violin of 1768.
Former Chetham’s violin teacher ..., 9 June 2015 [cached]
Former Chetham’s violin teacher Malcolm Layfield cleared of rape Former Chetham's violin teacher Malcolm Layfield cleared of rape - The Strad THE STRAD LIBRARY
Former Chetham's violin teacher Malcolm Layfield cleared of rape
The violinist, who had denied the charge, was also head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music
June 9, 2015
Former Royal Northern College of Music head of strings Malcolm Layfield has been cleared of raping an 18-year-old student in the early 1980s when he was a violin teacher at Chetham's School of Music in the UK (pictured). A jury at Manchester Crown Court took less than 90 minutes to acquit Layfield, who had denied the allegation.
Layfield had admitted having 'inappropriate sexual relationships' with several former students, including his accuser, but pleaded not guilty to the rape - said to have happened in the back of his car at a camp in Cornwall, the summer after she left the school.
Following the initial incident, the two had a consensual relationship, but the accuser had claimed she 'went along' with the affair as she was under Layfield's 'power and influence', which was 'critical' to the success of her career.
'Today's unanimous verdict comes as a huge relief to Malcolm Layfield who would like to thank friends, family and his legal team and all those who have supported him over the last two years,' said Layfield's solicitor Matthew Claughton.
Layfield resigned from his role at the RNCM in 2013 after police began investigating allegations made against him as part of Operation Kiso.
Rape trial of former head of strings Malcolm Layfield begins in Manchester Former head of strings Malcolm Layfield charged with rape
Latest Legal News | Olliers Solicitors, 18 Oct 2014 [cached]
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 ..., 8 June 2015 [cached]
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.
In 1996 Malcolm Layfield ..., 14 Feb 2011 [cached]
In 1996 Malcolm Layfield took over as Artistic Director, and led the Festival from strength to strength, in part by inspired programme planning centred on national themes: Russia, France, America, Austria, England, Spain and Czech music.
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