Young Venezuelans attempt to break Guinness record for largest orchestra

Guinness World Record attempt for the largest orchestra in the world, in Caracas
Members of Venezuela's National System of Youth Orchestras and Choirs handle instruments cases before a concert as they try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest orchestra in the world, in Caracas, Venezuela November 13, 2021. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

November 14, 2021

By Deisy Buitrago

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela on Saturday attempted to break the Guinness record for the world’s largest orchestra, as 12,000 musicians played a classical piece together for more than five minutes.

The attempt, by the country’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras, known as “The System”, would beat a Russian record set two years ago and will be judged by Guinness in the next 10 days.

“The System” counts some 350,000 children and youths among its rank, playing in a network of 180 orchestras.

Saturday’s musicians, wearing white, played Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave for 10 minutes at Caracas’ military academy.

“It is a pleasure to be at the official attempt via video,” Guinness expert Susana Reyes said.

The current record was set in Saint Petersburg, when 8,097 musicians played together.

(Reporting by Deisy Buitrago; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)