Video: Schoolchildren smash samba band world record at Royal Albert Hall

By Kevin Lynch

A record-breaking 1,675 children got into the carnival spirit on Monday as they set a new world record for the largest ever Samba band at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The youngsters, aged between seven and 16 and from 27 schools across the UK capital, were joined by dancers from the London School of Samba to perform a specially-commissioned piece of music for the attempt.


The event was organised by world music education initiative Inspire-works in support of the launch of the second Street Child World Cup - a global campaign that brings street children from around the world together to play football and raise awareness about their lives.

Running parallel to the world famous Rio Carnival, the performance created an enormous wall of noise that enveloped the iconic venue. It marked the culmination of weeks of hard work by the pupils who had taken part in a 10-week intensive samba course with Inspire-works facilitators to prepare for the record attempt.


Speaking after the successful attempt, Street Child World Cup Chief Executive John Wroe said: “Today over 1,600 school children have made a stand and banged their drums for the rights of street children across the world. Their message was loud and clear: no child should have to live on the streets.”