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Blake Lapthorn's battle of the bands rocks Winchester

Blake Lapthorn hosted the first 'Solent Rocks' live music event at Theatre Royal in Winchester, which took place on the evening of Friday 7 October 2011.

Four bands took part from five local professional service firms with BDO's band, The Arcadians, taking away the winner's cup.  They will also receive a prize of £250 to add to their own funds raised for their charity, Fairbridge Solent, who work with young people to give them skills and confidence to change their lives for the better.

Whilst Blake Lapthorn's band, Eclectic Zoo, was not able to compete this time because the firm provided three out of the four judges on the panel, they performed a warm-up set, and Kevin Chard (training manager) and Bradley Albuery (partner) compèred the evening.

First up was Hughes Ellard's band, the Hughe Fighters who donned the stage dressed in magnificent glam rock costumes complete with crazy seventies wigs.  They were followed by the eventual winner, The Arcadians from BDO, whose excellent vocalist was well supported by some tight instrumentation, aided and abetted by Blake Lapthorn's Adrian Griffiths on lead guitar.  Next up were Avenue from Lamport Bassett (with guest drummer Simon from Ashtons JWD) who benefited from a terrific vocal performance from trainee, Leigh.  James Cowper's band, Mid Life Crisis, rounded off the evening with some great rock classics.

The Arcadians were crowned worthy winners and were invited back to give another rendition of Sweet Home Alabama, which got the crowd on their feet once again.

The total amount raised is still to be confirmed but is likely to be in excess of £2,000.  After deducting the prize for the winning band's charity, the rest of the proceeds of the ticket sales will be donated to the Prince's Trust as part of Team Ocho's fundraising for The Prince's Trust Million Makers Corporate Challenge.  Blake Lapthorn trainees, Alicia Marsh and Philippa Niece, are representing Blake Lapthorn in 'Team Ocho' with other Law South firms.

Walter Cha, Blake Lapthorn's managing partner, commented: "The success of this inaugural event is down to a great team effort both on the night and over the past couple of months to make it all happen.  Well done to everyone involved.  It's an event we can be proud of and look forward to building on in future years."

Solent Rocks' future is already assured with 12 bands signed up for next year.

For further information, please contact Emma Daly on or 023 8085 7234.