88 pianists and counting – get involved!

piano-1522855_1920Researchers at 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 it is hoped the children will help to solve by creating a device to allow people to press the keys remotely.

Volunteers will go into local schools to help children design and develop their devices during the autumn and spring terms this academic year using kits and resources developed by the organisers. All volunteers will also be offered full training, which will take place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on the 21st October.

Find out more on the project website, and contact Richard Hood to register your interest in taking part, R.hood@bham.ac.uk

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