RTE Concert Orchestra voted world's favourite in Bachtrack poll
Ireland's RTE Concert Orchestra has been voted the world's favourite in a global poll of audiences.
The ensemble took a quarter of the votes in the international ballot organised by classical music database Bachtrack.
Household names who helped the popular musicians to double the backing of their nearest rival included Paul Brady, Eleanor McEvoy, Tara Erraught, Brian Kennedy and Jack Lukeman.
But general manager Anthony Long said the most impressive show of support was from the orchestra's audience, who took to social media to help spread the word.
"Over the last three years, Bachtrack's poll of favourite orchestras and conductors has established itself as a barometer of how orchestras connect with their audiences and public," he said.
"This amazing result demonstrates how privileged we are to have such massive support from our public, coming as we do from a small country such as Ireland."
The RTE Concert Orchestra beat off competition from famous rivals the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Votes for the Irish musicians came from as far afield as Europe, North America, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines.
The orchestra played to almost 100,000 people across Ireland last year.
As well as classical, jazz and traditional concerts, it has performed at screenings of popular films such as the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Gladiator.