World Record Videos

Royal Albert Hall, London, 5th November 2013. The Guinness World Record for the Largest Ocarina Ensemble was smashed by 3,081 primary school children and their parents and teachers. This is a short excerpt of their performance, which had to be ‘classical’ in nature and professional in execution. At least 95% of those taking part had to play faultlessly throughout. Thank you to everyone who helped achieve this wonderful record and memories that will last a lifetime…

What do 3,081 Ocarinas sound like?

Watch extracts of the Guinness World Record performance of “Ode to Joyful New Star” as it happened…

Ode to a Joyful New Star – what a lovely sound!

These few seconds of Ode to Joy played by the World’s Largest Ocarina Ensemble, in rehearsal:

Guinness World Records announcment – “officially amazing!”

The adjudication…

This would not have been possible without the help of 132 volunteer steward observers, and a willingness on the part of the audience to have a go! In addition, of course, to the hard work of the teachers and pupils at the primary schools involved in the Barnardo’s Young Supporters’ Concert! Well Done to you all – excellent result!


The Ocarina-Teaching Videos for the World Record supplied to the 50 participating schools can still be accessed FREE on this website:

Tips’ for new ocarina-players:
Ocarina Tips  |  First Notes  |  Tonguing

Three classical pieces that together form “Ode to a Joyful New Star” the Guinness World record piece:
Twinkle twinkle  |  Ode to Joy  |  New World

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