Singing lawyers climb mountain to scoop prize at music festival

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A team of singing lawyers are celebrating after their performance of songs from the shows scooped them a top prize in a music festival.

The all-female choir from law firm Blake Lapthorn performed a medley of Gershwin songs and a rousing version of Climb Ev'ry Mountain from The Sound of Music in the 'Songs from the Shows' class at Southampton's popular Festival of Music and Drama.

The choir, called Habeas Chorus, impressed the judges to win the class with a distinction. It topped off a great week for its members, who were invited to perform their Gershwin on BBC Radio Solent’s breakfast show on Tuesday. They were such a hit with listeners that part of the recording was repeated the following day – and the choir were invited back to perform on Friday, when they repeated their prizewinning rendition of Climb Ev'ry Mountain.

Choir member Mary Chant, a corporate and commercial solicitor partner at Blake Lapthorn, which has offices in Portsmouth, Southampton, Oxford and London, said:

“It’s been a fantastic week and we were absolutely delighted when we won.

“Everybody worked really hard in their own time to rehearse for the competition performance and we were very flattered that Radio Solent listeners wanted to hear us again.

“We’ve performed at various venues around the region but this is the first time we’ve entered a competition. Who knows – maybe it won’t be the last!”