Tickets are now available for The Legal Forecast (TLF) Creative’s fourth annual finale concert to be held in Brisbane on Friday 25 November.
Members of TLF’s two music ensembles are set to provide a relaxing evening of entertainment at the Old Museum Concert Hall in support of wellbeing in law.
The Queensland Lawchestra (LawchestraQ) and Big Band – now in their fourth and third years, respectively – have this year continued to welcome a diverse range of musicians from the state’s legal sector.
LawchestraQ will perform a selection of tunes on the night including Bernstein’s West Side Story and well-known movie themes, while Big Band promises a swinging combination of jazz and blues.
The groups meet regularly to rehearse and have showcased their talents throughout 2022, appearing most recently at Brisbane City Hall in August.
LawchestraQ member and Gilchrist Connell lawyer Nick Waight – who joined the orchestra in its founding year – said the groups were fast becoming a fixture of cultural life in the Brisbane legal profession.
“They continue to grow with every passing year, and LawchestraQ has come a long way since it started in 2019,” he said. “It is not any more just a cute, dorky little thing some law graduates were doing after work.
“Next month’s finale concert will showcase LawchestraQ at its best, most polished and most rehearsed. You will see legal professionals and law students who have put their time and energy into doing something so different from what they do in their work and study lives.”
Acknowledging the stresses a career in law can bring, TLF formed the ensembles to promote wellbeing and the positive impacts the arts can have on mental health.
Final-year law student and paralegal Vivian Zhang plays her part in both LawchestraQ and Big Band, along with her flute, piccolo and alto saxophone.
“We encourage anyone in the profession or law students of all skills levels to join,” she said. “Many have joined without having picked up their instrument at all for years, and have stayed… so that’s a good sign!”
Tickets for the finale concert are available for purchase online. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to mental health organisation Beyond Blue. Members of the legal profession are encouraged to attend and are welcome to bring family, friends and colleagues.
TLF Creative is an arts-based group that aims to provide a creative outlet for legal professionals and law students. For more information about TLF initiatives or to express interest, visit the website.