>A Cheam resident is combining legal work with choral work to deliver much needed funds for national charities.

David Smith works in barristers chambers in London but outside his work runs a charity choir competition called Legal Harmony.

He is now organising a Charity Music Gala at Central Hall, Westminster on 8th June 2016. Lesley Garrett CBE, the National Symphony Orchestra and an amateur choir of 200 lawyers and support staff will perform a mix of opera classics and more modern songs (eg, Mozart, Handel and Abba!).

5935821Three charities will benefit – Sparks, a children’s medical research charity; London Legal Support Trust, a charity that provides free legal advice through local Law Centres; and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), a charity for patient safety and justice.

David has always had passion for choral music since singing in his local church choir in Tooting as a child. The thought of raising money and awareness for charities through a choir competition developed following attending a solicitor firms’ Christmas party in 2012 whose choir was performing as guests arrived. To his surprise David discovered that several firms had their own choirs and so in August 2013, established Legal Harmony, a not for profit charity choir competition. So far 18 separate law firms have taken part in the competitions, raising over £25,000 for their charities.  Many law firms raise significant sums of money and give up time for charities, which is often overlooked by the public. Events like Legal Harmony hopefully help alter public perception.