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Harpist who once played for royals faces sexual offences trial with partner

Renowned: Danielle Perrett has played for the Royal Family

A HARPIST who has played for the Queen and other members of the royal family is facing child sex abuse charges.

Danielle Perrett denies seven counts of indecently assaulting a teenage boy in the 1980s and will face trial next year.

The 58-year-old — who has also played for four consecutive prime ministers — ‘vigorously’ rejects the allegations, her solicitor Jenny Wiltshire said yesterday.

Perrett’s former partner Richard Barton-Wood, 68, denies five charges of indecent assault, one of attempted assault and other two charges, all relating to the same teenager.

The pair were granted bail during a preliminary hearing at Ipswich crown court on Wednesday.

Perrett, from Alpheton near Sudbury in Suffolk, performed at Prince Philip’s 70th birthday party and has also played for Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and the Duchess of York.

She is known as one of Britain’s finest harpists and has played all over the world including in the US, Canada, India and Hong Kong.

She teaches the classical instrument and has also appeared in several films, including the BBC’s TV movie of the Jane Austen novel Persuasion.

Barton-Wood, from Wymondham in Norfolk, is a warden and publicity officer at 12th century Wymondham Abbey.

He is said to have been working as a teacher in Suffolk when the offences allegedly took place.

Ms Wiltshire said: ‘Ms Perrett vigorously denies the allegations made against her. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.’