British Violinist and Music Professor Malcolm Layfield Charged With Rape

Malcolm Layfield Rape Charges Chetham's School of Music Cover

Former Royal Northern College of Music Head of Strings, 62 year old Malcolm Layfield has today been charged with one count of rape – relating to the alleged rape of an 18 year old woman, in Manchester in 1982.

The arrest comes as part of an going investigation, titled Operation Kiso, into historic sexual abuse at the Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Mr Layfield is one of a number of men to be arrested in the ongoing investigation in the Manchester area – with police confirming more than 30 women have made complaints that they suffered sexual abuse whilst students at elite Manchester Music Schools.

Mr Layfield is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court on 14 August 2014.

Presumptions of innocence apply.