Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chorister Sues Public School over His Failed Career

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chorister Sues Public School over His Failed Career

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Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Correspondent

A CHORISTER who once sang for the Queen is suing a leading public school for PS650,000, claiming its failure to help in his battle with epilepsy threw his career off course.

Rhys Brown, 23, below, joined PS35,000-a-year Lancing College as a music scholarship pupil aged 13 and was diagnosed in his first year.

He claims he was destined for success, but that the school failed to make "reasonable adjustments" for his condition, wrecking his chances of a university education and a dazzling music career.

Ghazan Mahmood, for Mr Brown, told Central London county court that he was in the choir at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and had sung a solo for the Queen before winning the scholarship to the West Sussex school. "He had already achieved various musical accolades and was recognised as a highly talented individual with a potentially promising career ahead of him," he said. He said the diagnosis in 2008 threw Mr Brown off course and that "adjustments were not made", forcing him to leave when he was 14. …

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