Children to star in Ocarina World Record Attempt
29 October 2013
In a week's time, thousands of children from primary schools across England, Wales and Gibraltar will attempt to make history with the world's largest ocarina ensemble. It is hoped that as many as 4,000 players will take part in a performance of 'Ode to a Joyful Star', which should easily exceed the current record of 831 performers.
Children and audience members will be taught to play the ocarina on the day. All those taking part will receive a free ocarina on entry to the Royal Albert Hall. The six-minute work will be conducted by composer Douglas Coombes OBE, with the performance accompanied by the Royal Albert Hall organ.
2013 marks 50 years since the development of the English 4-hole ocarina, which has been newly re-styled for the occasion. David Liggins, founder and director of Ocarina Workshop, is responsible for bringing this instrument to schools across the world. 'Music is for everyone,' he said. 'We look forward to parents and supporters all joining in to create one massive family ocarina band!'
Proceeds from the evening will go to Barnardo's. Tickets are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office. For more information, visit the Ocarina Workshop website.