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Flight of the Bumblebee Played in Record Time

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A violinist from East London has made his way into the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest performance of Flight of the Bumblebee.

Oliver Lewis, 39, set the world record for his rendition of the Rimsky-Korsakov piece live on the BBC children's program Blue Peter. An observer from the Guinness Book witnessed the attempt and confirmed that his time of one minute 3.356 seconds shaved nearly a second off the previous record.

According to his MySpace page, Lewis studied violin at the Purcell School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in England and has since been the concertmaster of the Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra. He’s performed in several hit shows including: Oliver!, War of the Worlds, and Spirit of the Dance.