THE NOT SO LONELY LITIGATOR’S CLUB 37: THE MUSICAL SECTION: IWONA BOESCHE : VIOLIN (& DRUMS)
Next to join our musical section is barrister Iwona Boesche. I felt we needed to add strength and depth to our classical section. Iwona is too modest to mention in her interview that she is a former leader of the Krakow Radio Symphony Orchestra, appointed after performing as a soloist with the orchestra. She has performed as a soloist in recitals with Polish, German and English Orchestras. She won the Yamaha Scholarship as the best violin student in Poland.
What instrument (or instruments) do you play?
Violin. And piano, a bit. Everyone who learnt an instrument in a music school in Poland had to learn piano too. Probably to make it easy for learning harmony. Or, because overachieving was the goal!
I also play drums – a new venture.
How long have you been playing and how did you find playing through your time studying law/early years of practice.
I started when I was 7. During my GDL, which I did part-time, I still travelled the world with concerts. I always had some law books in my suitcase, and it was not unusual for me to work on an essay on the day of the concert. I also still taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I resigned from that after I finished Bar School. I no longer play to any extent similar to when it was my profession.
I took up drums a couple of years ago and am working on my Grade 3 Rock pieces!
Who do you play with now and what type of music?
These days, I lead a local symphony orchestra, West London Sinfonia. We made a lockdown recording of Shostakovich’s Waltz no. 2, which can be found on YouTube.
What’s your usual type of gig/performance.
My orchestra performs 6 times per season with programmes of symphonic music from baroque to contemporary. Every now and then, I play a solo concerto with the orchestra.
People always ask – “where do you find the time”?
Time is there, you just take it (grab it!). Sometimes, a mere 10 minutes of playing counts for something positive. It does not have to be hours and hours – do it! play an instrument if you want.
Do you think it helps or affects your day to day work as a lawyer?
Music helps in several ways: it directs the mind and emotions away for the everyday grind, keeps the doors in the brain open for those precious synapses to sparkle and keep us young, provides a platform to create something beautiful with other people and, hopefully, provides pleasure to others.
Do you have any advice for lawyer/musicians or musician/lawyers out there?
Never feel guilty for taking the time to play music. It is a treasure to have and to give.
HEAR IWONA PLAY