Conductor admits sex attack

An internationally acclaimed conductor has admitted indecently assaulting a teenage girl. Nicholas Smith, 66, committed the historical offence in the 1970s while the victim was a pupil at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.

Conductor groomed and abused Chetham's pupil

An internationally acclaimed conductor has admitted indecently assaulting a teenage girl.

Nicholas Smith, 66, committed the historical offence in the 1970s while the victim was a pupil at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.

Smith, who is living in Malestroit in Brittany, France, appeared at a preliminary hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today where he entered a guilty plea.

He will be sentenced on September 1.

"Nicholas Smith was a conductor of several orchestras which put him in contact with young musicians.

"He abused his position of trust to groom and abuse the young girl who looked up to him.

"Today he had finally owned up to the offence he committed decades ago.

"The emotional impact on the victims of such offences is impossible to quantify. I hope that today's guilty plea gives some small comfort to the victim. Our thoughts are very much with her at this time."

– Fran Gough, senior crown prosecutor for the North West complex casework unit,