Limelight magazine has gone all `My School’ and rated the six major symphony orchestras around Australia. It did so using a panel of 15 judges who were provided with anonymous recordings of various pieces performed by the orchestras during 2012.
As you might expect, the smallest and least funded of the six orchestras (Tasmania) came in 6th, while the largest and most heavily funded orchestra (Sydney) came first. However, that was where the relationship between Limelight rating and $ spent broke down, as this chart demonstrates:
Significant kudos accrues to the QSO and particularly the ASO for generating strong results from modest spending.