The Legal Forecast Creative (TLF Creative) bid adieu to 2020 with a spectacular performance of their annual gala concert, featuring the musicians of ‘LawchestraQ’ and the newly formed ‘Big Band.’
Both run by volunteers, LawchestraQ and Big Band are made up of law students and members of the legal profession who are passionate about the benefits of creativity in legal practice and life generally.
Since restrictions eased in July, musicians from across the legal profession in Brisbane met weekly to rehearse and foster social connection and support mental health through the powerful sound of music.
Despite a shortened rehearsal period, the LawchestraQ performed superb renditions of famous classical repertoire by Bizet, Sibelius, Mozart and Elgar, as well as some toe-tapping folk tunes. The newly formed Big Band performed a swinging combination of jazz and blues and Christmas tunes.
Vivian Zhang who plays the flute in LawchestraQ and Alto Saxophone in Big Band says the event was the highlight of her year.
“Playing together with passionate peers and making music really takes the day’s stresses away and will always be something I look forward to every year,” Ms Zhang said.
Hosted in the Old Museum Building in Bowen Hills, this year’s concert was live-streamed to those who wished to be serenaded from the comforts of their home, as well approximately 200 audience members who enjoyed the full musical experience in person.
The Legal Forecast Director, Angus Murray said this event was a true display of hard work, passion and comradery within the legal profession.
“The incredible support and growth of the project is a testament to the passion and dedication of the team behind the scenes.’
“The growth of the TLF Creative initiative during a pandemic speaks volumes about the sea-change occurring within the legal profession and society generally towards an appreciation of mental well-being and the role of art in our lives,” he said.
“This is a project that, now more than ever, is vital to the well-being and health of the legal profession.”
This year, TLF Creative donated 20% of its net concert ticket sale proceeds and 100% of its net raffle ticket sale proceeds to Beyond Blue in support of mental health.
The raffle featured a stunning artwork prepared by local First Nations lawyer and artist, Bethany Allen, seeing $1,600 being donated to Beyond Blue.
TLF Creative receives support from its patron, the Honourable Justice Philippides of the Queensland Court of Appeal (who provided a keynote address at the concert), as well as its generous sponsors, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Irish Bentley Lawyers, Herbert Smith Freehills and the Queensland Law Society.
The project is run by an organising committee of five junior lawyers, Daniel Trigger, Alice Chester, Jasmine Miller, Jessie Schreiber and Claire Cottam.