The Goodenough College is delighted to announce that we hosted the Worshipful Company of World Traders in a successful attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “most nationalities in a simultaneous popular music sing-along”.
On 8 October 2018, with support from Voices of London, Goodenough College hosted the Worshipful Company of World Traders as they set a new record with 245 people from 84 nationalities singing “Imagine”, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, and “Mama Mia!” London Business School set a record for 72 nationalities in 2016.
The attempt was the brainchild of Master of the World Traders 2017-2018, Professor Michael Mainelli, who decided that the World Traders could do something to celebrate inclusion during times of apparent division:
“Our Company motto is ‘Commerce and honest friendship with all’. With trade wars popping up everywhere, our idea was to show global unity here in London with everyone around the world. The World Traders are delighted to be the first Livery Company of the City of London to achieve a new Guinness World Record."
Setting a Guinness World Record is a demanding task. Independent Witnesses with experience of checking passports are requisite, and so the World Traders recruited Martin Lloyd, author of “The Passport: The History Of Man’s Most Travelled Document” for the attempt, as well as a legal witness from Mishcon de Reya. We also needed six Stewards, each responsible for a zone with a maximum of 50 singers, who had to verify that all the singers participated. Stewards and witnesses had to sign a confirmation that they were satisfied with the all aspects of the event that were under their jurisdiction. Lars B Andersen, the Liveryman of the World Traders who coordinated the record attempt, said:
"In the end, we uploaded more than 53 GB of data in 44 files to prove that our attempt was valid. After a lot of work planning this event, we were so pleased to hear that Guinness World Records approved our record on 24 October.”
Rebecca Matthews, Director of Goodenough College, commented,
“Goodenough College is home to postgraduate students of over 80 different nationalities. We are incredibly proud of our strong links with the Worshipful Company of World Traders and share the same belief in (intellectual) ‘Commerce and Honest Friendship with all’. As such we were pleased to be able to celebrate our unique diversity by taking part in this World Record attempt. I know that our many talented Members were honoured to be able to represent themselves, their home nation and Goodenough College on the evening, and it was a fitting event to demonstrate the unique culture fostered here at Goodenough.”