Orchestra sets world record

More than 7,500 musicians gather at the local Frankfurt soccer stadium and set a new record for assembling the world's largest orchestra.
More than 7,500 classical musicians performing in a German football arena on Saturday night to set a world record for the biggest orchestra. Amateur groups and full orchestras from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands took part in the show in Frankfu
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More than 7,500 classical musicians performing in a German football arena on Saturday night to set a world record for the biggest orchestra. Amateur groups and full orchestras from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands took part in the show in Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena. The 7,548-strong orchestra trumped the previous biggest of 7,224 musicians, who performed in Brisbane, Australia, in 2013, according to the Guinness Book of Records. The giant orchestra performed excerpts from symphonies by Dvorak and Beethoven, including Ode To Joy, as well as a melody from the musical Starlight Express and a 1976 pop song by John Miles entitled Music (Was My First Love). "We wanted to show how music can connect people, and how important it is for Germany," said the man behind the project, Mr Jens Illemann, a trumpet player from Hamburg.

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