So I only noticed recently that the well-respected magazine : Gramophone, had published its list of the world's top 20 orchestras. As a regular London concert-goer I wondered what people thought of the choices and the validity of the concept....? Oh...and here's the list : 1. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam 2. Berlin Philharmonic 3. Vienna Philharmonic 4. London Symphony Orchestra 5. Chicago Symphony Orchestra 6. Bavarian Radio Symphony 7. Cleveland Orchestra 8. Los Angeles Philharmonic 9. Budapest Festival Orchestra 10. Dresden Staatskapelle 11. Boston Symphony Orchestra 12. New York Philharmonic 13. San Francisco Symphony 14. Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra 15. Russian National Orchestra 16. Leningrad Philharmonic 17. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra 18. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 19. Saito Kinen Symphony Orchestra 20. Czech Philharmonic Personally 2-5 are my favourites - but it's a good list!