It was only a matter of time before the department would select a new handler to bring in another police dog.
William insists that he suffered ‘a thumping great loss’ from the CD sales (roughly 6,000 copies over the period in question) after production costs had been taken into account. I’ll perfect it or I’ll throw it away rather than pass what I think is sub-standard.’ And he insists that Joyce knew nothing of the ‘jiggery pokery’, but admits that his own reputation is ‘in tatters’.‘I’ve lost my friends, I bitterly regret the whole thing — not because I was caught with my fingers in the till, but because of the controversy and the damage it’s done to Joyce’s name. She was such an honest person, quite devoid of guile.
In early 2007, some months after her death, New Yorker Brian Ventura noticed that the digital music database used by the i Tunes software on his computer to identify music told him that a recording of Hatto was by an entirely different pianist, Hungarian Lazlo Simon.
He contacted Gramophone magazine, which asked an audio expert to analyse some of Joyce’s most celebrated later recordings. Her CDs were a patchwork of other artists’ work, the notes digitally stretched or compressed to disguise their origins.
During this rare interview William dispenses coffee in the sitting room dominated by Joyce’s shrouded piano, and insists even now that all he did was insert sections of other musician’s performances to smooth out ‘problems.’ These, he elaborates, were certain passages when Joyce — debilitated by her illness — was unable to show her full capabilities.
‘I know what I did was wrong, but I’m not about to feel guilty for things I didn’t do,’ he insists, arms folded.