On Thursday 18 July 2019, The Guitar Social will attempt to break the official world record for the longest ever guitar lesson in aid of charity. The record breaking attempt will be chaired by The Guinness World Records at EcoWorld Ballymore’s cultural riverside development on Leamouth Peninsula, London City Island.
Over the course of 24 hours, over 200 Londoners will strum their guitars in a group lesson at Trinity Art Gallery, before moving to brand new Trinity Square for a mass gig and to play the final song in unison. Open to all levels and abilities, funds raised from this project will allow The Guitar Social to extend a course specifically designed to help the visually impaired learn to play the guitar and to experience the joy of making music. One of The Guitar Social’s star students is Mary (pictured above); a 96 year old lady who is partially blind and has just played her first ever gig.
Thomas Binn, Founder of The Guitar Social, says: “Our classes are about reducing social isolation, raising self-esteem and connecting communities that are too often ignored by the arts world. We decided to use this event to showcase the power of music and to rally support for those who really need it. We hope Londoners will come and join in the fun of this momentous occasion!’’
Home to resident creatives and local artists, London City Island is a landmark development, a number of the UK’s foremost cultural institutions, including English National Ballet, The London Film School and The Line, will be moving to the island in the near future, giving proof to the claim that it is very much more than just a place to live. Similarly, creative partnerships with arebyte, Studiomakers and Trinity Art Studios have enabled the launch of two art galleries on site, as well a number of studios and workspaces for residents and local creatives.
To find out more information about how your organisation can get involved and pledge backing to this worthwhile cause, please see here.