Ex-choirmaster jailed for indecent assault on pupil

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A FORMER choirmaster who once worked in the North East has been jailed for indecently assaulting a former pupil.

Michael Brewer was director of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and based at the Rivergreen Centre in Aykley Heads, Durham, when he was first questioned about the abuse, which happened between 1978 and 1982, when he worked at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

The 68-year-old, now of Birmingham, has been sentenced to six years at Manchester Crown Court for the sexual abuse against Frances Andrade, who killed herself after giving evidence at the trial.

His ex-wife Hilary Brewer, also 68, was sentenced to 21 months for indecently assaulting Mrs Andrade.

Judge Martin Rudland described Brewer as “a sexual predator” and said his once outstanding career is now over.

Last month, a jury convicted Brewer of five counts of indecently assaulting Mrs Andrade when she was 14 and 15.

The abuse took place in his office and in his camper van.

Bewer was cleared of raping his victim when she was 18 and one charge of indecently assaulting the victim as a child in his home.

Hilary Brewer, also known by her middle name Kay, of Rossendale, Lancashire, was found guilty of indecent assault when Mrs Andrade was an adult at their then family home.

She was cleared of aiding and abetting rape. They had both denied all charges.

Brewer, who was made an OBE in 1995, directed the World Youth Choir and also worked on the BBC’s Last Choir Standing television programme.

He remained in his post at Durham until he was charged last April.