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Arrest over rape claims at Manchester music school

A 61-year-old man has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of raping three teenagers at a music school in Manchester.

It's the latest development in an investigation into historical sex abuse at Chetham's School of Music and the Northern College of Music.

May 2013: At least 30 former Chetham's pupils report sexual abuse

Back in March, choirmaster Michael Brewer was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting ex-pupil Frances Andrade, 48, more than 30 years ago when she was 14 and 15.

Mrs Andrade killed herself at her home in Guildford, Surrey, a week after giving evidence against him.

Read: Abuse victim's family say trial was 'too much to bear'

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Choirmaster loses sex sentence plea

Michael Brewer pictured in January.
Michael Brewer pictured in January. Credit: PA

A choirmaster jailed for six years for indecently assaulting a former pupil at a school in Manchester has lost a challenge against the length of his sentence.

Michael Brewer, ex-music director at Chetham's School of Music, was jailed in March after he was convicted of child sex offences against Frances Andrade who took her own life at her home during his trial.

His appeal was rejected by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting with two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Brewer, 68, who claimed his sentence was "excessive", was not present for the ruling.

Choirmaster to appeal

Michael Brewer
Michael Brewer Credit: PA

Shamed choirmaster Michael Brewer, who was music director at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, is appealing against his six-year prison sentence for indecently assaulting a former pupil.

Brewer was jailed in March after he was convicted of child sex offences against Frances Andrade, who took her life at her home during his trial.

It later emerged that Brewer, 68, had been stripped of his OBE awarded for services to music in December 1994.

His challenge is being heard by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting with two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

He is not due to attend the hearing.

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Man arrested over RNCM sex abuse investigation

Detectives investigating historical sexual abuse at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music have made an arrest. A 58-year-old man has been detained at his home in London on suspicion of indecent assault.

The offence relates to the indecent assault of a 21-year-old woman in 1994, while she was a pupil at the Royal Northern College of Music. The man remains in police custody for questioning.

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