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Thousands of Taiwanese children set violin record
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Fiddlerman
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TAIPEI — More than 4,600 Taiwanese schoolchildren came together for a mass violin-playing session, breaking a world record that had stood for 86 years.

An official from Guinness World Records witnessed Sunday's event that brought together 4,645 children aged under 18 at a stadium in central Changhua county, the county government said.

The performance was 30 seconds longer than the required minimum of five minutes, it said.

"Creating a world record is not our goal. The event is to review a music education promotion programme for schoolchildren launched seven years ago," Chang Chueh-fen, a county official, told AFP.

The previous world record was set in 1925 in London when 4,000 violinists performed.

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Wow! 5 minutes. I wonder what they played.

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Three selections including the ever popular ODE TO CHANGHUA.  Changhua is a city in Taiwan.  There has to be a bunch of Mozarts in a group of that size.  And there is no shortage of supporters!  Must be a rehearsal.

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That certainly is a lot of kids in one place! And all doing the same thing, wow! amuse

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Thanks for sharing, FM.
Chang hua is a county/district in central Taiwan , the concert was held in Chang Hua city - the capital of the county (I have several friends live in this county). There were children from 172 elementary and high (junior high and senior high) schools from that county and children under 18 from the whole country. The song they played was assigned by the guinness record foundation — ban sien concerto. I believed the concerto derived from the history of the county, because ban sien was the old name of Chang Hua. The concerto is 5 minute 30 second long. The video that Oliver posted is from 2007 — the 3rd grand concert, this year is the 7th.
 
I wonder if my friends’ kids are in the concert. Below I believe is a rehearsal they did in March. I am not successful in finding a video for the guinness record concert.
 
 
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@pky

What is the scholastic program for children there?  Is music (violin) a requirement? Is music taught in schools or are there private lessons?  Are other instruments also popular?

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PS  It so happens that I find Taiwan mentioned in other places.  Must be something going on.
At the Michael Hill International Violin Competition for 2011 second place was won by Richard Lin listed as "Taiwan/USA".  Nice $10,000 prize. Location was Auckland, New Zealand.

http://www.michaelhillinternat.....ition.com/

The competition results are halfway down the page along with a video showing (no music) the winner, Sergey Malov (Russia) being awarded $40,000.

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Whoa theres so many of them, and they're all so little and cute!! :3 

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Wow, thanks for sharing that FM and pky for your info. Pretty cool!

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fiddlerman, maybe we can set a recorder for most fiddlers playing together on skype or something 😛

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LOL, I thought about something like that too. One of my ideas is a record for the most amount of online videos put together. Will take a few years for us to get that many members though.

Problem with Skype is that it is limited and also that you have a delay problem. We could play a chord thing where rhythm is not a factor. Kind of like a loop piece.

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WOW! That's a lot of little violinists there. How adorable!

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Oliver said:

@pky

What is the scholastic program for children there?  Is music (violin) a requirement? Is music taught in schools or are there private lessons?  Are other instruments also popular?

what do you mean by the scholastic program for children there? I don't know what it is like now, it used to be stressing a lot on academic performance. They have afterscool program for music, sport, that kind of thing. The violin thing is started by the some music education advocators in Chang Hua. As far as i know most people took private lessons such as violin and piano. I used to baby sit for a piano teacher while she gave lessons. However, this violin program is done within school to encourage students to learn to play musical instrument. Not everyboday could affort a violin, so they have sort of like rent to own plans. however, I don't know how they embed the music in the school programs. I will have to talk to my friends to find out what the current education is now, i left Taiwan in 1993, many things have changed since then.

PS  It so happens that I find Taiwan mentioned in other places.  Must be something going on.
At the Michael Hill International Violin Competition for 2011 second place was won by Richard Lin listed as "Taiwan/USA".  Nice $10,000 prize. Location was Auckland, New Zealand.

The award winning child is probably an American born Taiwanese or was born in Taiwan but currently resides in the USA, that's why the Taiwan/USA. You may know this already: Yo Yo Ma is a Taiwan/USA, too, although he is probably an Chinese American now. Back when I was baby sitting for that piano teacher, she had a student who was sent to the USA to study violin at around 12 years of age. Sometimes, people would do that so their children would have a better chance to do better.

  

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