Bucket List

I thought I would make a list of orchestras to see LIVE before I shuffle off this mortal coil. I think the glories that await me will be so great that they will make live music seem like small beer, even Vaughan Williams!

So I pulled together a rather arbitrary list although it is kind of based on trying to see an orchestra from main European cities plus the big 5 in America. Some of these guys I have seen a lot.  I have a secret plan, God willing, to see the 5 in the US in one big holiday hooray! Anyway here it is:

Name of Orchestra

Founded

Seen

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 1959 2017
Anima Eterna Orchestra 1987
Bamberger Symphoniker 1946 2013
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 1946
BBC Symphony Orchestra 1930 1991
Berliner Philharmoniker 1882 2012
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic 1993 2014
Boston Symphony Orchestra 1881
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 1893 2011
Budapest Festival Orchestra 1983 2011
Chamber Orchestra of Europe 1981 2015
Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1891
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 1920 2013
Cleveland Orchestra 1918
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 1894 2014
Danish National Symphony Orchestra 1925 2015
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra 1929
Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig 1743 2012
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra 1905
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln 1827
Hallé Orchestra 1858 1983
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 1936
Lahti Symphony Orchestra 1910
London Philharmonic Orchestra 1932 1982
London Symphony Orchestra 1904 1982
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra 1919 2011
Montreal Symphony Orchestra 1934 1990
New York Philharmonic Orchestra 1842 1980
Orchestra of Royal Opera House 1660 2009
Orchestre d’ell Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 1908 2014
Orchestre de Paris 1962 2011
Orchestre de Champs-Elysees 1962
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique 1989 2012
Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar 1975 2012
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana 2006
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra 1919 2016
Philadelphia Orchestra 1900 2011
Philharmonia Orchestra 1945 1981
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 1888 2012
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 1853 2009
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1946 1982
Royal Scottish National Orchestra 1893 2013
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 1899 2013
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra 1882 2012
Staatskapelle Dresden 1548 2016
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich 1868
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra 1901
Welsh National Opera Orchestra 1946 2011
West Eastern Divan Orchestra 1999 2012
Wiener Philharmoniker 1842 2008

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