Fourteen former students at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Stoke d’Abernon, Surrey, have instructed a lawyer to take action over historic sexual abuse at the institution.
The allegations first came to light in an interview I published with Nigel Kennedy in the Evening Standard in 2003. Kennedy, who was Menuhin’s protege and the school’s first international star, said he knew of girls and boys in his year who had suffered sexual interference by their teachers.
The school denied any such awareness at the time but said it had since tightened up on child protection. In 2019 its former derelictions were brought to light at a public inquiry into child sex abuse.
One perpetrator who weas repeatedly named was the the school’s founding music director in 1964 Marcel Gazelle, a close friend of Menuhin’s.