Tuning up for piano record bid

Joe Thompson, Louise Coyle, Nicola Reid and Rebecca Eastwood prepare for their 24 hour duet marathon.
Joe Thompson, Louise Coyle, Nicola Reid and Rebecca Eastwood prepare for their 24 hour duet marathon.
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IT is one of the best known piano pieces of all time and these students will remember it forever... after playing it for 24 hours – continuously.

Pupils at Music Time in Poulton hope to set a new world record when they perform Heart and Soul, otherwise known as Chopsticks, for a full day.

Joe Thompson, 16, and Rebecca Eastwood, 16, will perform the waltz as a two hand duo –supported by a number of other students at the school.

Teacher Nicola Reid said the challenge would be tiring but fun.

She added: “I’d say it sounded a good idea at the time, but looking again I’m not sure it is. My pupils tell me it will be fun, I think it will be but I hope we manage it.

“Joe and Rebecca will play for the entire 24 hours and around 100 other pupils will be on hand to accompany them, it will be a task to keep time with pupils of all ages playing.

“I think we are allowed toilet breaks and if a mistake is made we have 30 seconds to get back on track or find our place, but it is going to be mentally tough.

“We won’t know for some time if we’ve achieved the record, we have to film it and send it off to an adjudicator, it may be months before we find out.”

The school, based on Hardhorn Way, is not only hoping to set a world record but also to raise as much money as possible for a variety of charities.

Nicola added: “It’s great experience for the younger ones and it’s nice they are able to raise money, I was going to pick one charity but everyone had a cause they wanted to support.

“I hope we achieve the record first time, otherwise it could be a tiring few weeks.”

Joe, of Baines School Sixth Form, added: “I’m raising money for cancer research UK.

“I’m more nervous than excited at the moment and have been practising for many hours on end, it’s proving quite hard.

“Not many people get to make an attempt at a Guinness World Record.”

Rebecca, of Hodgson High School, said: “I’m really excited about breaking a world record, but also very nervous.

“All my friends and family have been supportive though.”

The piano challenge will take place on Saturday, starting at 6pm.