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Counsel In Concert - A Celebration of Shakespeare In Music


Tue 13 Dec 2016, 12:15pm–1:00pm
Tue 13 Dec 2016, 5:30pm–6:15pm

Where: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Entry by donation. All proceeds to the Child Cancer Foundation: $0.00
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Listed by: merran23

Shakespeare not only inspired many great works of music, he has also been the subject of much scholarly analysis for his treatment of legal themes. Shakespeare was not a lawyer but loved to include law in his plays. Legal references appear throughout his work. One of the wonderful things about Shakespeare is the universality of his themes. This applies to his legal themes.

Justice, mercy, natural law, precedent and advocacy are just a few examples. While the most famous legal scene is surely the trial in The Merchant of Venice, there are many others. Shakespeare was a keen commentator on society and had a lot to say about legal systems, both good and bad. In the field of Law and Literature, Shakespeare is the number one most studied subject.

Lawyers need to know their Shakespeare so as 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, lawyers are leading the celebrations, including Wellington's lawyers' choir and orchestra: Counsel in Concert. This year's entertaining programme will feature music inspired by Shakespeare, including Falstaff and the Fairies by Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev's Montagues and Capulets, music from Henry V by Michael Roth and songs from West Side Story.

Counsel in Concert is based at Crown Law and has been running since 2009. The choir and orchestra are comprised of lawyers and other legal professionals from throughout the Wellington region as well as law staff from Crown Law, augmented by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington.

The organisers of the concert are very grateful to the sponsors: Simpson Grierson, Thomson Reuters, Tripe Matthews Feist, Greg Kelly Law, Rachael Dewar Law, Lambton Chambers Barristers, Lambton Goods, New Zealand Law Society, Fyfe & Doherty, Sue Brown Solutions, Duncan Cotterill and WCM Legal. Their generosity means that all proceeds from the concerts will be donated to the Child Cancer Foundation.

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