find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Lawyers’ orchestra plays for Fijian appeal

Lawyers’ orchestra plays for Fijian appeal

The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra has filled the hall of St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney to raise funds for Fiji.

More than 150 people packed St Stephen’s church hall on Macquarie Street to attend the performance.

The 25-piece orchestra, conducted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Thomas Jones, played to the music of Pietro Mascagni, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Franz Joseph Haydn. The midday performance ended with Memory from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.

"It’s a chance for us to get together and make music, to share our talents, to do something different from what you might be doing during the day," Mr Jones said.

The special concert was held to raise funds for the Save the Children's Fiji cyclone appeal, after tropical cyclone Winston tore through the island nation early this year. The category 5 tropical cyclone was the strongest recorded storm to hit land in the Southern Hemisphere, claiming lives and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Around $700 in donations for Save the Children was collected at the concert door, with the figure matched by Corrs Chambers Westgarth partners to total over $1,500.

Mr Jones, who has played violin professionally for more than 25 years, founded the Sydney Lawyers Orchestra. He said the musicians enjoyed the creative outlet and collegiality that the lawyers’ orchestra offered.

"A lot of lawyers are very gifted people who’ve got wide-ranging interests and abilities, and this gives them a creative outlet and it helps build a sort of fellowship within the profession and the relationships with the community as well, so we can reach out to the community and do things like this – play concerts and raise money for various organisations," Mr Jones said.

Represented within the orchestra's ranks are instrumentalists who hail from the bar, private practice, in-house departments and students from Sydney’s law schools.

"There are people from commercial firms, people from the bar, there have been at various times judges, there have been people from in-house legal positions and there are some law students as well from both the University of Sydney and UNSW," Mr Jones said.

This is the group’s fourth formal concert since it was founded in 2014. The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra is also billed to play in Canberra for the High Court of Australia’s Sunday concert series in October later this year.

"We’ll probably be doing some other concerts in Sydney as well – the Christmas concert has become a bit of a tradition," Mr Jones said.

The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra playing Mascagni's Intermezzo (from the opera "Cavalleria Rusticana")

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Lawyers’ orchestra plays for Fijian appeal
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Dec 13 2017
Young humanitarian lawyer California-bound
A young Australian lawyer will be travelling to the US next year for a prestigious nine-month study ...
Jackie Rhodes
Dec 12 2017
Report sheds light on LGBTQI inclusion in law firms
A recent report has revealed the varying perceptions on LGBTQI diversity and inclusion in the Austra...
Women in business
Dec 12 2017
Annabel Crabb headlines Women in Business Forum
Political journalist Annabel Crabb has appeared at the Coleman Greig Lawyers Women in Business Forum...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...