Graham Fitch

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Graham Fitch is an English pianist and piano teacher.


Fitch was the first prize winner in the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition,[when?] and graduated with honours from London's Royal College of Music as a Hopkinson Gold Medalist. He came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship and completed his studies with Nina Svetlanova.[citation needed] A 1985 review in the New York Times described his playing as "unalloyed pleasure".[1]

During the 1990s, Fitch performed in England, where he taught piano at the Purcell School.[citation needed] He was a solo recitalist at the Bournemouth Festival, and appeared in repeat engagements with the London Chamber Soloists on London's South Bank.[citation needed] In America he played solo and in concerts with the Trio dell'Arte.[citation needed] Fitch was an associate professor at the University of Cape Town until 2008.[citation needed] He gave recitals, masterclasses and keynote addresses at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and London's Royal Academy of Music and[2] participated in the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium in 2008.[3]

SABC defamation and settlement[edit]

In June and July 2008, the television show SABC Special Assignment [4] aired two programs which made unsubstantiated[5] allegations that Fitch had had sex with under-age boys and had told colleagues that he was a crack addict.[6][7][8] In response to the broadcast, Fitch filed a complaint with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) alleging defamation.[9] In April 2009, the BCCSA agreed with Fitch, finding that the programmes were defamatory and that SABC had been negligent in broadcasting them,[7] concluding that it was an "unfair trial by the media" and that Fitch had been "degraded to the status of the hunted." The commission ruled that "the truth of the allegations was not sufficiently substantiated and that, as such, the allegations and claims would not be acceptable in a court of law." [5] SABC was fined 30,000 Rand for the first episode and 50,000 Rand for the second episode. At the time, this was the largest fine ever levied by the commission.[10]


  1. ^ Dunning, Jennifer (1985-10-20). "Dance: Duncan Recalled". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  2. ^ Wells, Rachel (2003-07-01). "A note of harmony for pianists and pedagogues". The Age. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  3. ^ "Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium 2008 Schedule" (PDF). Stellenbosch University. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-10-29.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Prelude For A Paedophile (3 June)". Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b G Fitch vs SABC Final Ruling[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Brommert, Beverly; Helen Bamford (18 October 2008). "I fled out of fear, says prof in TV sex sting". Independent Online (South Africa). Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Finale For A Paedophile (15 July)". 15 July 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Transcript of "Finale For A Paedophile"". SABC Special Assignment. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2013.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  9. ^ "TV show fined R80 000 over molestation claims against prof". The Witness (South African newspaper). 9 April 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Bamford, Helen (19 April 2009). "SABC fined R80 000". Independent Online (South Africa). Retrieved 17 July 2013.

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