Sydney first and Tassie last in first ever blind-listening test of Australia’s orchestras.

Classical music and arts magazine Limelighthas rated the country’s six state symphony orchestras in a comprehensive “blind” listening test – the first of its kind to be undertaken in this country. “ Limelight’sranking, free of hometown loyalty and preconception, is the most accurate appraisal to date of how well our six state orchestras do their job of making music,” said Limelight’s editor Francis Merson.

A panel of 15 expert critics and musicians from around the country took part in the ranking. “I hope the results stand as a testament to the excellence not only of those at the top, but to all the orchestras involved,” said Merson. “Many judges remarked on the difficulty of finding points of difference between such superb ensembles… Still, there was one very clear winner, who deserves special plaudits for a stunning year of live performance.”

The Results

The Sydney Symphonytook First Place, leading the pack by the most significant margin in the entire survey.

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestrawas runner-up, followed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestrain Third Place.

Perhaps the biggest upset of the survey was the poor showing of the Melbourne...