Latin America

Venezuela’s El Sistema bids to set ‘largest orchestra’ Guinness record

19:17, 16 November 2021
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More than 12,000 musicians performed simultaneously Tchaikovsky’s Slavic March in the country’s capital Caracas.

The System of Youth Symphonic Orchestras and Choirs also known as El Sistema has made an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest orchestra.

A total of 12,067 young musicians have gathered at Caracas’ Military Academy to perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave.

The musicians were supervised by 250 observers from around the world as well as by accounting titan KPMG who will be in charge of auditing the result.

“It is a gigantic challenge, of course, a very complicated challenge, but full of great pride and passion,” conductor Andrés Ascanio said.

Ascanio has highlighted that the orchestra actually comprised far more participants as he said that there are over 1 mln “children and youths in El Sistema” whose aim is pedagogical occupation and ethical recovery by music.

Except for Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, the orchestra made up of smaller groups who arrived from all of the country’s regions has also performed several other pieces, including popular Venezuelan songs and the country’s anthem. They were rehearsing for two months before the event.

The musicians wearing masks also wore a bracelet with a number in order to facilitate the count.

The previous record is held by Russia’s orchestra which consisted of 181 orchestras and 200 supporting choirs from around the country. They reunited in Saint Petersburg and were sponsored by Gazprom's Fund. In September 2019 8,097 people executed the Russian National Anthem.