Caracas, Venezuela – Thousands of Venezuelan musicians, mostly children and adolescents, have achieved the title of the greatest orchestra in the world.
The record was set by 8,573 musicians. Guinness World Records, in a video released on Saturday, announced that the musicians, all connected to the country’s network of youth orchestras, had achieved the designation with a performance a week earlier of Tchaikovsky’s “Slavic March”.
The musicians, aged 12 to 77, attempted the record during a patriotic concert at a military academy in the capital Caracas. To set the record, more than 8,097 had to be counted playing at the same time for a period of five minutes of Tchaikovsky’s play.
The network of orchestras known as El Sistema, or The System, brought together some 12,000 musicians for the concert. The repertoire included “Venezuela” by Pablo Herrero and Jose Luis Armenteros, the national anthem of the South American country, and “Alma Llanera” by Pedro Gutierrez, which Venezuelans consider their unofficial anthem.
Over 250 supervisors were each assigned a group of musicians to watch during the record attempt.
The previous record belonged to a Russian group that played the national anthem of that country.