Ipswich schools set for World's Biggest Orchestra
THIRTY Ipswich students are doing their part to get into the Guinness Book of Records - along with 6500 other musicians.
Members of the Ipswich Girls' Grammar School and Ipswich Junior Grammar School orchestras will be making the trek to Suncorp Stadium as part of an attempt to break the world record for the World's Biggest Orchestra.
The students will be heading back to school early to be part of the thousands of people who will all be playing a medley of songs made up of Waltzing Matilda, Ode to Joy and We Will Rock You.
With the event falling on the final weekend of the school winter holidays, students will be returning early in the hope of being part of history.
Despite the early start, the students volunteered in a heartbeat to have a chance at breaking a world record.
The record attempt is being run by the Queensland Music Festival with more than 10,000 people needed to break the record for the World's Biggest Orchestra.
QMF artistic director and world-famous jazz trumpeter James Morrison, said the attempt on Saturday, July 13 at Suncorp Stadium would ensure the festival kicked off with a bang.
"We need 6500 musicians to break the current record for the World's Biggest Orchestra," Mr Morrison said.
Arts Minister Ian Walker said the record attempt was a way for all Queenslanders to participate in the arts.
"Thousands of people coming together ... promises to be a thrilling event and is just one more example of the enormous power the Queensland Music Festival will generate across our state in July," he said.
Along with school orchestras, community groups and individual musicians taking part, Mr Morrison has arranged a set of three iconic pieces specifically for the event.
"Of course, this is an Australian orchestra so we're going to start with Waltzing Matilda, and being a symphonic event, we need to pay tribute to one of the grand masters, so we will follow with Beethoven's Ode to Joy.
"And for the grand finale we are going to rock out with Queen's iconic We Will Rock You."
Mr Morrison said musicians of all skill levels were invited to take part in the World's Biggest Orchestra.
Visit worldsbiggestorchestra.com for more information and to register.