508 alpine horn players break world record on Swiss mountain

Nadine Kalinauskas
508 alpine horn players break world record on Swiss mountain

Alphorn players - all 508 of them - gathered on the on the Gornergrat ridge in front of the Matterhorn mountain near Zermatt, Switzerland on Saturday to break a world record.

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The players, all decked out in traditional Swiss costume, played a piece specifically written for their alpine horns — the wooden alphorn can be up for four metres long and is traditionally used to herd animals. It became the largest ensemble of people ever playing the instrument.

Watch their record-breaking performance at BBC News.

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The previous record was set in 2009 by 366 alphorn musicians playing a 20-minute concert to celebrate the 111th birthday of Gornergrat Bahn, the mountain railway that goes up the mountain.