| GORNERGRAT, Switzerland
GORNERGRAT, Switzerland Aug 17 More than 500
Alpine horn players blew away the world record for the largest
ensemble of people playing the instrument on Saturday in the
Swiss region of Zermatt, home to the Matterhorn mountain.
The musicians, clad in traditional Swiss costume, gathered
on the Gornergrat ridge, more than 3,000 metres (10,000 feet)
above sea level, to perform a piece specially composed for their
The 508 players broke a record set in 2009, when 366
musicians took part in a concert.
The instrument, known as an alphorn and traditionally used
for herding animals, can be up to four metres long. It has to be
propped up on the ground and its player usually has to stand up
to sound it because of its size.
(Writing by Alice Baghdjian; Editing by Andrew Heavens)