The Guinness world record for the largest number of people playing the piano at the same time has been broken by a group of students from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), with 16 students gathering around the keyboard to play a five-minute piece composed especially for the event.
Prior to this, the record was held by by a group of 15 musicians from Vallouise in France, who broke it in 2004. Postgraduate student at the RNCM Tom Harrold wrote his piece, Ticcatoccatina, to ensure that at any one time there would be up to 32 hands on the keyboard. “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,” he said before the successful attempt.