had denied the rape charge
, 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
The relationships were said to be "common knowledge" in classical musical circles in Manchester and further afield, his
trial at Manchester Crown Court heard.
"power and influence" and "crossed the line" on one occasion during a summer music school he
staged in Cornwall.
It was said Layfield
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.
was under his
"influence and power" as Layfield
threatened to take work opportunities away from her
changed tutors, the court was told.
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.
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.
rape trial he
was "regretful" about the "shameful" consensual relationships he
had with female students, with the youngest aged 17.
is now divorced and is not presently working, the court heard.