Submissions for this form are closed. You can find the 2014 World's Favourite Orchestra poll HERE

Update: 12pm, 8th October 2013

Well, the results are in, and voting is closed... thanks to everyone who took part in this poll. We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest it’s attracted and delighted by everyone’s enthusiasm. And we’re proud to announce that the winner of the World’s Favourite Orchestra poll is:

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Clevelanders finished with an impressive 20.3% of the vote. In second place is the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Ireland, with 12.4%, and in third is the Berlin Philharmonic with 8.5%. Here’s the full top 20.



















An honorable mention as well for the locked-out Minnesota Orchestra, who finished at number 22.

A few more stats for you: since we launched this on 6th September, we had 11,895 votes from 97 countries, with 46% coming from North America and 48% from Europe (just 9%from the UK). You voted for 417 different orchestras overall.

Congratulations to all the orchestras who were voted for, and thanks again to everyone who joined in with this. We hope you get to hear your favourite orchestras soon!

And here’s the full list of the top 100 orchestras:

1 Cleveland Orchestra
2 RTÉ Concert Orchestra
3 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
4 London Symphony Orchestra
5 Philadelphia Orchestra
6 Detroit Symphony Orchestra
7 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
8 Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
9 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
10 Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig
11 Russian National Orchestra
12 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
13 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
14 Chicago Symphony Orchestra
15 Video Game Orchestra
16 Ulster Orchestra
17 European Union Youth Orchestra
18 Milan Symphony Orchestra, “La Verdi”
19 Oregon Symphony Orchestra
19 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
21 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
22 Minnesota Orchestra
23 Boston Symphony Orchestra
24 Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar
24 San Diego Symphony
26 New York Philharmonic
27 Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
28 Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
29 London Philharmonic Orchestra
30 Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
31 Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
32 Chamber Orchestra of Europe
33 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
34 Dresdner Philharmonie
34 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
36 Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
37 Rotterdam Philharmonic
38 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
39 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
39 San Francisco Symphony
39 Staatskapelle Dresden
42 Danish National Symphony Orchestra
43 Los Angeles Philharmonic
43 RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
45 Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
45 Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
45 Dallas Symphony Orchestra
45 Lucerne Festival Orchestra
45 Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
50 Cincinnati Symphony
50 Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra
52 Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
52 Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
52 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
52 Nashville Symphony
52 St Louis Symphony Orchestra
57 Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
57 Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo
59 Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
60 St Michel Strings
61 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
61 Britten Sinfonia
61 Budapest Festival Orchestra
61 Naples Philharmonic
61 Vienna Symphony Orchestra
66 Academy of St Martin in the Fields
66 BBC National Orchestra of Wales
66 The Hallé Orchestra
69 Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
69 Montreal Symphony Orchestra
71 West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
72 Berner Symphonie Orchester
72 Gulbenkian Orchestra
72 Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
72 Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie
72 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
72 Royal Scottish National Orchestra
72 Scottish Chamber Orchestra
72 Staatskapelle Berlin
72 Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
81 Academy of Ancient Music
81 Bamberg Symphony
81 Colorado Symphony
81 Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
81 Seattle Symphony
81 Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
81 Toronto Symphony
88 BBC Symphony Orchestra
88 Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
88 English Baroque Soloists
88 Ensemble Intercontemporain
88 Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
88 Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
88 Hungarian Nationa Philharmonic Orchestra
88 North Carolina Symphony
88 Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique
88 Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
88 Utah Symphony
99 Euphonia Toronto
99 Explorchestra
99 Freiburger Barockorchester

The Bachtrack team
8th October 2013



Which is your favourite orchestra? Why? At Bachtrack, we have listings for so many orchestras – 466 currently have events on the site – that it can be difficult to keep up with them all, and to see what makes them all special. But we’d like to know which one – out of all the world’s orchestras – you call your favourite.

How you judge it is up to you – maybe it’s the one you think is the best technically, or the one whose sound you love the most. Maybe it’s the one you’ve been going to hear for the longest time, or the one who plays on the most of your favourite CDs. Maybe there’s an orchestra whose programming makes them stand out as particularly important to you, or one whose conductor makes the biggest impression. Whichever orchestra’s playing has touched you the most – that’s the one we want to hear about.

Please fill out the form below to vote – we’re asking for your email just to ensure that people don’t vote twice, and your location so that we can see what opinions are like around the world – and feel free to use the comments section as well to defend your choice. We’d love to hear your stories about the orchestra you care about the most, and why they mean so much to you.

Voting closed at midnight on Monday 7th October.