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Music teacher used profession to sexually abuse women

Philip Picket has been jailed for 11 years Photo: City of London Police

An internationally renowned musician and teacher used his profession as a cover to sexually abuse young women, a court heard.

Today Philip Pickett, 64, of Lyneham, near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire was jailed for 11 years after a jury at the Old Bailey convicted him of two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault. He was found not guilty of a further six counts.

Pickett taught music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama between 1972 and 1997 as well as founding the New London Consort and Musicians of the Globe.

During this period he abused young women who visited him to learn music.
The first victim originally reported Pickett to officers following the publicity surrounding the Jimmy Saville child abuse investigation.

The victim, who was 16 at the time of the attack, went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1978 as a sixth form student to learn the recorder with Pickett.

During a lesson Pickett asked her to take her top off, suggesting she needed to work on her breathing. He then ordered her to lie on the floor before indecently assaulting her.

During a lesson the following week Picket raped her.

Following the attacks, the victim told her mother she did not want to have lessons again. Decades later her complaint sparked the investigation into Pickett.

During the trial he was found guilty of attacks against a further two young women.

In one attack, Pickett raped a women in a practice room after locking the door and turning the lights out.

Philip Pickett used his position of authority as an accomplished professor to abuse young talented women who were vulnerable due to their age and the fact they were students of his

He knew how difficult it would be for them to report his crimes to the school or to the police.

These are appalling crimes and I would like to pay tribute to the victims’ tenacity and bravery during the investigation.

– Detective Superintendent Maria Woodall