10 universities and 2500 school children to attempt unbreakable world record

16 July 2019

10 universities and 2500 school children to attempt unbreakable world record

88 Pianists is a performance to beat all performances.

On 19th August at 9am, to open a world leading conference in production engineering, ten universities decided to demonstrate the UK’s legacy of innovation and expertise in engineering and music by attempting to break the record for the number of people playing the same piano. The existing world record is 22 people. A collaboration of these universities and primary schools saw 2500 primary school children design mechanical fingers to play a single key from several metres away which would allow 88 people to reach the piano - one for every key - and set a world record which could never be beaten. 88 inventions were selected and will be playing, at the same time, a piece of music conducted by Julian Lloyd Webber and composed by Martin Riley.

To mark 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci’s death, we asked primary school children across the UK to invent their way to an unbreakable world record for the number of people playing the same piano. Da Vinci was a renowned inventor, engineer and artist. He even invented his own musical instrument, the Viola Organista.

Now they have completed their designs, manufactured their inventions and will watch as their incredible imaginative inventions are used to set an unbeatable world record!

We wanted to inspire the next generation of engineers. But instead, they inspired us.

This project is led by the Use Less Group in collabortion with universities across the UK.

Performance Details
Monday 19th August, ICC Birmingham

Times
9am-9.15am - performance
9.15am - 9.45am - meet the team and interact with students and engineering team

Venue 
ICC Birmingham

Attending
Invite only. Contact Communications Manager Fran Sergent for tickets.

Further information
1pm - official photos distributed and added to www.88pianist.com/press-media
6pm - official film released on www.88pianists.com

Images
www.88pianists.com/july-images