Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Largest string ensemble: Hillsborough student musicians sets world record
TAMPA, FL, USA -- 858 student musicians and teachers from Hillsborough County played Pachelbel's Canon in D, twice - setting the new world record for the Largest String Ensemble.
Photo: The World's Largest String Ensemble. (enlarge photo)
The previous Guinness world record for the largest string ensemble consisted of 392 players on violin, viola, cello and bass playing Pachelbel's Canon in D as part of String Jam '10 at Juanita High School, Kirkland, Washington, USA.
Guinness World Records also recognized the largest mandolin ensemble: it consisted of 383 participants during the Festival at the Mainhoelle 2005 in Bürgstadt, Germany.
Linda Cobbe, of Hillsborough County Schools, wrote in to 10 News from Williams IB Middle Magnet School and here's what she had to say of the record-breaking event:
"858 students and teachers showed up and played the tune twice. We had people of all ages 6 to 60. When I drove up to the school, there were cars everywhere. Musicians gathered in the gym and were organized into groups by the instrument they played. Then, they went out to the play courts in groups.
All entered through the same gate while two Williams Middle School teachers counted them one-by-one. Only musicians, staff, and media were allowed inside the fence while parents lined the outside perimeter.
About 24 witnesses observed the musicians and took notes. The musicians played Pachelbel's Canon in D.
Related world records:
Largest String Ensemble: String Jam '10
Youngest String Orchestra to Play at Carnegie Hall: South Pasadena Children's Orchestra
Largest Kazoo Ensemble: BBC Radio 3's Red Nose Show(Video)
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people singing the same song in different languages: Glasgow University
Singing Lesson: Sweet Adelines International
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011