Piano record attempt hits right note

Piano lovers will have good reason to jump for joy tomorrow at an attempt to create the biggest ivory-tinkling ensemble in Australia.

At the Australian Piano Fair there will be more than 100 instruments, so organisers hope to have 100 pianists playing Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Jarred Finnigan, from the Sound Centre music store, said pianists of all ages and ability were welcome to register for the 2pm performance at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

"There will be performers ranging from five to 80 years of age, playing four scores tailored to their different levels of musical skill," Mr Finnigan said.

"We thought we would take advantage of the rare opportunity of so many pianos being in one place to celebrate the joy that playing the piano brings - and set an Australian record at the same time.

"With two players to a piano, duos performing include teachers and students and parents and their children and we hope to have more than 100 playing."

To Mr Finnigan's knowledge, there was no existing Australian record. The world record of 555 players was set in South Korea in 2007.

Players can register at australianpianofair.com.au.

The fair is free to enter and runs until Sunday.

The West Australian

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