Music
World’s Largest Choir? 4,335 People Get Together In Russia To Break A World Record
May 27, 2013
submit to reddit

It was the 310th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg, Russia over the weekend, and to celebrate, a lot of people decided to get together and sing.

In all, 4,335 people gathered at the walls of St. Isaac's Cathedral wearing colourful raincoats, and proceeded to try and break the world record for largest choir.

The event was called 'A World of Boundless Enthusiasm', and it featured singers of all ages, with members of almost all St. Petersburg's professional and amateur choirs.

In order to qualify as a world record, the choir had to perform one song lasting at least five minutes, or two songs with no more than 10 minutes between them, according to Yuri Svetov, chairman of the Guinness World Records Audit Commission.

Not really a problem in this case: the crowd sang for a full hour, performing 14 songs, including some popular patriotic pieces from Russian and Soviet history.

So far, Guinness hasn't given word on whether the record is official, but Svetov did tell RIA Novosti "the conditions were met."

The crowd was accompanied by a symphony orchestra conducted by Vladislav Chernushenko, the "People's Artist of the USSR" and director of the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra.

If you've got an hour, and you'd like to hear some Russian classics as sung by a lot of damp, enthusiastic people, here's a video of the full performance.

Via Ottawa Citizen

Related:

On December 15, Choir! Choir! Choir! Will Sing For Supper In Support Of The Stop Community Food Centre

A Classical Cover Of Justin Bieber's 'Beauty And A Beat'

Canadian Astronaut Set To Make History As Commander Of Space Station & Orbiting Rock Star With Ed Robertson Of Barenaked Ladies

Comments

Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.