I’ve taken part in two ‘World’s Largest Orchestra’ events in the past … One was in 1996, at Symphony Hall, when we played a piece by Howard Blake (the guy who wrote the Snowman music). The conductor was Sir Simon Rattle. Unfortunately this attempt was disqualified as the music didn’t last long enough.
The second was in 1998 at the National Indoor Arena, and the music was Sir Malcolm Arnold‘s ‘Little Suite No 2’, again with Sir Simon Rattle conducting. This time it did count, and the record stood at nearly 4000 musicians. However, the record didn’t last long, as it was broken again in 2000 by a group in Vancouver.
Well, the attempt is coming back to the UK now, and work has started organising it for a day in October this year. They need around 7000 people to take part.