Even though I have had no direct contact with any of those involved in the scandal that has engulfed the reputations of both the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham's School, I have written a document expressing my feelings on the matter. Apologies if it seems like some kind of lecture - I started by trying to write a short statement, and it expanded to well over 6,000 words.
It is important to remember that by far the majority of people who work at music colleges and specialist music schools bring to their students an ability to help them develop and flourish in the world of music. Their work and reputation are severely undermined by the behaviour of the few. The actions of Martin Roscoe and those who have supported him in his campaign have been primarily aimed at the prevention of such things happening again, and at some kind of closure for the abused. But it has also been to try to retrieve the reputation of the schools and colleges within which this behaviour has taken place.
I hope my longwinded document goes some way towards demonstrating my support and respect for those who have tried to right the wrongs. Now that the crisis has arrived, the momentum of the support is gathering even as I write this.
As well as Martin Roscoe, I am sure I speak for everyone who cares about this issue in thanking Ian Pace, Paul Lewis, Timothy Horton and many others who have contributed to the gathering of that support.
HERE is the link to the document.