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Venezuela claims Guinness World Record for largest orchestra

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November 20, 2021

By Vivian Sequera

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras – known as “El Sistema” – has set a new Guinness record for the world’s largest orchestra, the country’s government said on Saturday.

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A week ago more than 12,000 musicians played a classical piece together for more than five minutes as they sought to beat a Russian record that was set two years ago.

Venezuela’s Information Minister Freddy Nanez and the Russian ambassador in Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, congratulated the musicians on Saturday in an address broadcast on state television.

The broadcast included a recording of Guinness World Records expert Susana Reyes announcing that the Venezuelan musicians had been successful in setting a new record after they played La Marche Slave by Pyotr Tchaikovsky for more than five minutes.

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Guinness World Records did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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

(Reporting by Vivian Sequera; Writing by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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