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1.0 out of 5 stars Classical music world just loves to forgive a paedophile, 29 Mar. 2013
This review is from: I Was Glad - Sacred Music of Stanford and Parry (Audio CD)
Yet another case of the UK classical music world choosing to ignore the past of one of its own. Having been convicted of sexual abuse of youngsters in his care because of his position as a conductor and mentor, Robert King has been able to seamlessly glide back into the classical music scene without a murmur of his past. I can't see the same approach being taken with Gary Glitter can you?
This CD is a further kick in the teeth for all of the kids that King abused and now have to watch his nauseating return to fame.
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2013 14:06:03 BDT
P. S. Wilson says:
I think the reviewer has a point. I shall not be buying this or any other Robert King CD in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 00:18:27 BDT
DJ says:
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Posted on 8 Apr 2013 11:23:27 BDT
Bacchus says:
But is the CD any good?

No one condones sexual abuse (it is one of the worst betrayals of trust) but what do you want to happen to people who have been convicted of such a crime, served their sentences and then been released?

Are they not allowed to work ever again? Do you think that they must be required to live on benefits as hermits for the rest of their lives?

What exactly is Robert King allowed to do now if not continue to work as a musician? What is the problem with a musician making music with other (in this case adult) musicians - what is the risk?

These are difficult questions to answer but this review is to me an example of a vengeful vein in public opinion which would prefer to see automatic castration followed by execution for anyone convicted of sexual abuse. The idea of forgiveness reconciliation and rehabilitation (the marks of a civilised loving society) mean nothing to some people.

I think there is a difference with Gary Glitter. Glitter has been convicted of offences in two separate countries and the pattern of abuse went over a long period of time. I don't know all the facts about Robert King but understood that these offences were a number of years ago and the judge acknowledged that he had changed his ways, getting married and having children, and imposed a relatively lenient sentence. I presume he is on a child sexual offenders register which will prevent him working with children.

I really don't know what your problem is.

Posted on 17 Apr 2013 13:18:58 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2013 14:13:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2013 16:05:40 BDT
Bacchus says:
Thank you for your response.

I don't agree that the issue has not been highlighted. I knew about his conviction and release from a news bulletin on LBC radio. Any internet search will indicate the existence of his conviction and release.

I think you will find that it was his through his teaching work in a number of schools that Robert King had access to children rather than through the King's Consort but I think the lines are probably a bit blurred.

Just a thought. It is up to you but should people refuse to read any novel by the convicted perjurer, Jeffrey Archer, watch any film by the alleged statutory rapist, Roman Polanski or listen to any recording produced by the convicted murderer Phil Spector?

I'm a big fan of the Who and greatly admire Pete Townsend, who was cautioned for downloading child porn. My life would be poorer if I stopped listening to the Who and indeed many other products of people who have led less than perfect lives.

While we are on this topic, it is worth realising that Robert King had made nearly 100 recordings for Hyperion records and was represented by top agent Harrison Parrott. These organisations have dropped him, which means that Robert King has now formed his own record label and has to find his own work. That does not sound particularly forgiving. You may very well find that many musicians would be uncomfortable working with him. I therefore think the generalised comments made in the review are a bit off centre.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2013 00:14:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2013 00:25:36 BDT
DJ says:
Bacchus, you seem to forget that at no point did Mr King admit his offences. Quite the reverse, he called the abused "absolute" liars in court and they therefore had to testify. That man deserves no respect whatsoever. He does not have the once celebrity status of Gary Glitter, but then again, neither do I sense it is balanced to just sweep his actions conveniently under the carpet. There are plenty of normal people who serve music fantastically well. We don't need denying deviants.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2013 10:57:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2013 12:31:24 BDT
Bacchus says:
I haven't forgotten that he denied (and maybe coninues to deny) the offences. However, I think the point is irrelevant and a bit naïve - do you really believe that everyone in prison accepts his or her guilt? It was the jury that considered that his accusers were not liars - he obviously had a different opinion.

The question that seems to be forgotten here is what exactly is he allowed to do in your eyes other than do the job that he was doing before he was convicted? If he were a plumber or an electrician, would you ban him from those occupations? If he were continuing to work with children, then you have a valid point but that is not what is happening here. As far as I am aware, he is working with other adults.

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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 12:36:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Oct 2013 12:41:55 BDT
Ronaldk says:
I have a dilemma here. The CD has all of Parry's works that I want including Elgar's orchestration of Jerusalem. There are others involved in this recording who have done no harm but I am inclined not to purchase it. I have looked for alternatives but found none so far.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 13:01:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Oct 2013 13:01:41 BDT
Bacchus says:
Words fail me. I am absolutely sure that no children were harmed in the making of this CD and I am sure that no listener (of any age) is likely to suffer any molestation through listening to it.
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