Hong Kong Lawyer

October 2017

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Choir's performance in 2014 with the theme "When You Wish Upon a Star" featuring songs from Disney. 2014年合唱團表演廸士尼主題曲 "When You Wish Upon a Star"。 78 www.hk-lawyer.org •  October 2017 Thinking Outside the Bachs: A Conversation with Jeffrey Sham, Barrister- at-Law and Conductor of the University of Hong Kong ("HKU") Law Alumni Choir By Cynthia G. Claytor J effrey Sham, Barrister-at-Law and Choir Conductor, prides himself on his ability to remain composed as an advocate and a maestro, drawing parallels between what is expected of him on and off the stage. In this issue, he speaks with Hong Kong Lawyer about his background in music and how he has leveraged his personal and professional talents to connect with other musical mavens within Hong Kong's legal community through conducting the HKU Law Alumni Choir. Mr. Sham was called to the Bar in 2010. He read law at the University of Surrey in England from 2005 to 2008 and completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Laws at the University of Hong Kong in 2009. He specialises in both civil and criminal work, especially in the areas of company law, contractual disputes, personal injury and commercial fraud, and is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator, Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Where did you develop your passion for music? Throughout my youth, I received classical vocal training from Ms. Yim Wai and Mr. Joe Chan and competed in many music competitions, where I won numerous prizes at the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals both in vocal singing and in instrumental playing. I also studied choral conducting under Mr. Geoffrey Ko, an expert in oratorio. While at secondary school, I was the student conductor of St. Paul's Co- educational College, where I gained invaluable experience in both choral and orchestral conducting. This experience really set the stage for me to take up the role as the conductor of the University of Hong Kong Law Alumni Choir and the Hop Yat Church Choir. In addition to singing and playing the double bass, I also play the violin

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