RNCM Pianists to Break World Record

New year, new record. On Thursday 23 January 16 students from the RNCM will attempt to break the world record for the most musicians to play the piano simultaneously.

In aid of Your RNCM, the College’s £3 million campaign to transform its 40-year-old Concert Hall into a state-of-the-art venue, the students will perform a five minute work for 32 hands by postgraduate composer Tom Harrold, aiming to beat the current world record set by 15 musicians in Vallouise, France on 13 June 2004.

Talking of the music, entitled Ticcatoccatina, Tom said: ‘I am really excited to be attempting to break this world record. The sound of 16 people playing a single piano at one time should be really intriguing, and I am really looking forward to (hopefully) breaking a world record!’

The World Record attempt takes place at 7.15pm in the Carole Nash Recital Room. It is kindly sponsored and witnessed by International Piano magazine.

For more information or to request interviews and images, please contact Liz Rowley, PR and Media Relations Officer, at [email protected] or 0161 907 5369.

Students involved: Daria Bitsiuk, David Bainbridge, Yun Chen, Greta-Nike Gasser, David Gibson, Lee Jae Phang, Pui Lau, Silvia Lucas Rodriguez, Lok Pang, Ben Parker, Simon Passmore, Daniel Portal, Graham Proctor, Ho Kwong, Matthew Shervey and Chun So.

Sponsorship: The World Record attempt is kindly sponsored by International Piano; a unique magazine written for pianists and discerning fans of piano music.

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14 January 2014