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.