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Cambridge University engineers help break world piano playing record

The world record was achieved in front of over 500 leading engineers Credit: 88 Pianists

Engineers from the University of Cambridge have helped break the world record for the number of people playing one piano at the same time.

They developed a special instrument which allowed 88 children, aged six to 14-years-old, to play. The previous record stood at 21 pianists.

The project began in 2018 when engineers at the University of Cambridge decided to break this world record to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci.

As there are 88 keys on a piano, the team chose to use 88 individual players, one for each key on a piano, to ensure that the record they set would never be broken.

Along with nine other top UK universities, they attended and worked with primary schools from across the UK to design these mechanisms.

88 inventions were selected from the 2,500 submissions, built by the engineers and schoolchildren.

The pupils came schools in Cambridge, Norfolk, the Midlands, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Liverpool.

The world record was achieved in front of over 500 leading engineers from around the world who had gathered together in Birminghams ICC for their annual meeting.