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Road to Rio: Samba World Record at the Royal Albert Hall

Street Child World Cup

Monday 3 March, 2014

Watch a video of the World Record being broken and learn more about this project on Life at the Hall

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.

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 will be broadcast on Blue Peter later in the month.