A British musician has set a Guinness World Record for the highest altitude grand piano performance after playing a concert at an altitude of 16,227 feet in the Himalayas. Evelina De Lain says the idea came about when she was approached by piano shop owner and fan Desmond Gentle, who suggested she use the unusual concert to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis. "He always said that breathing difficulties at and above [1,6404 feet] were slightly akin to what cystic fibrosis sufferers deal with on a daily basis," De Lain explains. She adds, "There was an incredible crisp quality to the sound, probably due to thin air and sound reflection off the mountains." De Lain, who played for more than an hour in the frigid weather in the Himalayas, says she is open to exploring more potential "extreme" piano stunts in the future.
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