88 Pianists: Request for Volunteers

The University of Birmingham are looking for volunteers with an engineering background to support an exciting STEM outreach project for local primary school students. This is a national project to create the opening ceremony of an international manufacturing conference at the ICC on 18th Aug 2019. As part of the ceremony the organisers want to break the world record for the number of people playing a piano at the same time, currently 88. The Birmingham Conservatoire are partnering on the project and have composed a piece to be premiered as  part of the record breaking attempt. Fitting this many people around a piano is a significant challenge, which we want the children to solve by creating a device to allow people to press the keys remotely.

We are looking for volunteers to go into local schools to help the children design and develop their devices during the autumn and spring terms this academic year. The organisers have created kits and resources to assist in this. There is a training day at the Conservatoire in Birmingham on the 21st October where you can find out more about the project and receive training on the kits that have been prepared to take to the schools.

The project has a website where you can find out more, .  If you are interested in taking part please contact Richard Hood on