NSW Lawyers Orchestra


Expressions of interest are sought from all musicians in the legal field across New South Wales to register to play in the first season of the NSW Lawyers Orchestra.

Commitment required

It is anticipated that the orchestra will be established at the beginning of law term 2016. The orchestra will have two concerts a year, in June and November. February to June 2016 will be the first season. July to November 2016 will be the second season. Music scores will be distributed to members approximately 2-4 months prior to each concert and player’s practise in their own time. There will only be 4-6 rehearsals prior to each concert. The orchestra is designed for busy legal practitioners and legal practitioners, legal employees or law students who come from rural parts of New South Wales that cannot commute for weekly rehearsals.


The conductor is Sydney barrister and experienced legal practitioner Peter Godkin. Prior to being admitted as a legal practitioner in NSW, Peter was the head of music of a leading independent school in Sydney for several years. He is experienced in conceiving, planning and implementing large scale concerts featuring over 600 performers to an audience in excess of 1200. Peter has conducted in the Sydney Opera House and is an experienced and inspiring orchestral trainer and conductor. Peter is a graduate of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music and holds the Fellowship diploma in performance from Trinity College London.

Who is this orchestra designed for?

Players from all parts of NSW, rural, regional and metropolitan and those from country areas of NSW are encouraged to register. The orchestra is open to legal practitioners, other legal employees and law students representing general practice and all specialities. The goal of each concert is to culminate the months of work by many people who share a dream of combining their passion for music with their professional commitments in law; and wish to turn that dream into a reality.

As the orchestra develops, we would welcome assistance from professional musicians who may tutor different sections in the orchestra; players will have the experience of playing in an orchestra and the added inspiration of opportunities that may arise to work with internationally renowned soloists.

As the orchestra develops it is expected that the orchestra will support charities in both the arts and law, as well as take part in a variety of significant events.

To register for the first season email the following details to Sarah Haddad (shaddad@lathamchambers.com.au):

  • Full Name:
  • Date of Birth:
  • Instrument played:
  • Work address (or university and degree if you are a tertiary law student):
  • Email address:
  • Telephone numbers:
  • AMEB level (or equivalent) and brief summary of any orchestral experience

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