Venezuela received this Saturday the Guinness record for “the largest orchestra in the world” after managing to stage 12,000 musicians who performed Tchaikovsky’s Slav March.
The brand was reached by the System of Children’s and Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, a state program founded in 1975 by the late teacher José Antonio Abreu that has given thousands of children of popular classes access to music education, by displacing Russia that had it. imposed in 2019 with more than 8,000 musicians.
“I can confirm that this attempt has been successful, congratulations, Guinness World Record as the largest orchestra, you are officially amazing,” said the official in charge of giving the verdict on a screen during a ceremony at the headquarters of “El Sistema” , as it is commonly known.
The attempt for the record was made last Saturday in the courtyard of the Military Academy of Venezuela, in Caracas.
Some 12,000 Venezuelan musicians, including 12-year-old children to adults who are members of the country’s main orchestra, the Simón Bolívar, performed the Eslava March conducted by the 34-year-old maestro Andrés Ascanio.
“It is a feat, not only for the System, but for the country,” said Eduardo Méndez, director of this program made up of a million members throughout the country, to applause.
Venezuela already accumulates several other Guinness, including natural beauties such as Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, or the so-called “Catatumbo Lightning”, the site with the highest number of electrical storms on the planet.
There is also the highest cable car in the world, the largest arepa and ham bread, typical Venezuelan foods, and up to five crowns in the Miss World are a record in this exporting country of beauty queens.
“El Sistema”, which has been replicated by dozens of countries, is the cradle of emblems such as Gustavo Dudamel, the musical director of the Paris Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who sent his congratulations through a video posted on social networks .