Counsel in Concert is based at Crown Law and has been running since 2009. The choir and orchestra are comprised of lawyers and legal staff from throughout the Wellington region, augmented by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington.
Each year Counsel in Concert performs a large scale charity concert raising funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. Over 60 lawyers are involved in the event.
This year’s festive programme has a Christmas theme and includes Carol of the Bells, Poulenc Gloria, songs from Love Actually, Jesus Christ Superstar and more. The performance will be conducted by Brent Stewart.
In addition to the choir, Counsel in Concert regularly features soloists from the legal profession. This year’s soloists include jazz singer Stephanie Bishop. Stephanie combines a busy legal practice as a Crown prosecutor and partner at Luke Cunningham Clere with an extensive background performing nationally and in the UK as a jazz and blues vocalist.
The organisers are very grateful to the sponsors of the event: Simpson Grierson, Tripe Matthews Feist, Stout Street Chambers, Greg Kelly Law, Rachael Dewar Law, New Zealand Law Society, Fyfe & Doherty, Lambton Chambers Barristers, Duncan Cotterill, WCM Legal and Extra Law.
Thank you also to St Andrew’s on the Terrace and Orchestra Wellington. The generosity of the sponsors and other supporters means that all donations from the concerts go to the Child Cancer Foundation.