Carnival fever descended on the Royal Albert Hall on the afternoon of 3 March 2014 when the auditorium was taken over by 1,675 samba-drumming school children, smashing the official Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Samba Band.
Children from twenty-seven London schools were joined by dancers from the London School of Samba to perform a specially-commissioned piece of samba music in support of Street Child World Cup and the millions of children worldwide who are forced to live or work on the streets. The performance was the culmination of weeks of hard work by the pupils who have been taking part in a 10-week intensive samba course with Inspire-works.
WE DID IT!!! With 1638 children participating we became
GWRnews</a> holders! Incredible to be involved <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bangthedrum?src=hash">#bangthedrum</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SCWC2014">SCWC2014
RoyalAlbertHall</a></p>— Jonathan Stevens (even5tevens) March 3, 2014
It’s a new world record! 50% increase on previous number of Samba band players at one time: 1600 or so #bangthedrum bravo
SCWC2014</a> and all</p>— Jonathan Goodacre (JonnyGoodacre) March 3, 2014
The event, part of a partnership between the Royal Albert Hall, Street Child World Cup and Inspire-Works, was hosted by television presenters Andy Akinwolere and Hayley McQueen and was be broadcast on Blue Peter.
Street Child World Cup
Street Child World Cup is a global movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, they unite street children from across five continents to play football and join us in a unique international conference. Together through football, art and campaigning, Street Child World Cup aim to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children around the world.
Learn more at streetchildworldcup.org