We are compiling two charts of the ups and downs of orchestral fortunes in the year that is dragging to its sorry end. In America, it has been the worst year for orchestras since the great depression. In Europe, there have been wild fluctuations.
What we are seeking in this poll is nominations of improvement and decline in orchestras – not in playing quality, which is often subjectively judged, but in the performance of an orchestra as a public brand – is it on the way up, or down? Are its finances in good shape, is its strategy working, does it stand taller at the end of 2012 than at the beginning?
But what about the Berlin Phil? And Vienna, Chicago, St Petersburg – was 2012 a year of rise or fall? Drowning or waving?
Nominations close on December 17.
And if you care to name the best and worst managers of the year, we may find room for a special prize.