A survey by the Italian magazine Classical Voice maintains that Italian orchestras give more concerts than any other, and get the biggest audience.
It puts the Verdi Orchestra of Milan at the top of the world rankings with 154 concerts last year.
The Philharmonia in London came second with 146.
Santa Cecilia was third on 143.
As for audiences, Santa Cecilia reached audiences of 340,000, the Berlin Philharmonic 280,000, the Verdis of Milan 215,000.
One suspects these statistics could be disproved. Don’t hold back…