It’s always fun to hear when a new world record has been set, but it’s always a lot more exciting when it has to do with the wonderful world of music.
And we’ve just heard that a new record has been set for the number of people playing one piano simultaneously, with 88 children aged between six and 14 years old playing a huge multi-stringed instrument simultaneously.
The instrument itself was constructed by engineers from the University of Cambridge, a project that began back in 2018 when the team decided to try and smash the record to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci.
As you may already be aware, da Vinci conceived the idea for the viola organista, with designs for the instrument included in his Codex Atlanticus, a 12-volume set of drawings and writings.
According to Classic FM, the engineers created mechanical finger extensions so that 88 people could play at once. Cambridge teamed up with nine other UK universities and worked with primary schools from all over the country to design the mechanisms.
This got us to thinking – what other piano-related records are there out there? In October last year, the record was set for the greatest number of people playing the same tune at the same time at a single venue (639).
And in 2015, Mrityunjay Sharma from India set the record for the longest marathon playing on a keyboard or piano, lasting an impressive 127 hours eight minutes and 38 seconds!
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