How Many Musicians Does It Take to Be the Worlds Largest Orchestra?

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

So here’s the question: if you wanted to create the world’s largest orchestra, how many people would it take to make it happen, and how big of a venue would you need to fit them all? Thankfully this isn’t like asking how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, because we have the answer.

7,548 musicians from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands gathered inside of Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena on Saturday to pull off the 45-minute record-breaking event conducted by Wolf Kerschek.

That number squeaks past the previous record set in Brisbane, Australia by more than 300 musicians.

Before you start looking for the event to appear in the Guinness World Records, as I’m sure you were, it has not been “confirmed” by the organization. It was the German Institute for Records that officiated the results, but seeing as they are German, and therefore very efficient, I am sure it will make it into the Guinness database soon.

Want to here what a stadium of 7,548 musicians sounds like? Check out the videos below to hear for yourself: (Spoiler: its like a regular orchestra but louder)

Sources: The Telegraph

Photo: Brian Bratwicke [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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