Sunday 25 February 2018

57,000 Proms tickets sold in first hour of booking

Tickets for the Proms were snapped up quickly
Tickets for the Proms were snapped up quickly

A record of more than 57,000 tickets for the BBC Proms were sold in the first hour of booking this year.

Tickets went on sale at 9am on Saturday and 57,551 were snapped up by 10am - over 25,000 tickets more than in the equivalent period in 2015 setting a new record for the Royal Albert Hall.

A total of 118,000 tickets have been purchased so far, in line with the opening sales of 2015.

The majority - 109,000 - were sold online but some music lovers turned up in person at the Royal Albert Hall to get their tickets.

The most popular Proms in 2016 included the First Night Of The Proms (July 15) and the Late Night Prom dedicated to David Bowie (July 29).

Also popular were George and Ira Gershwin Rediscovered with John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra (August 13), the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle in a programme of Julian Anderson and Dvorak (September 3) and Verdi's Requiem on the penultimate night of the season performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with the Proms Youth Choir and Marin Alsop (September 9).

David Pickard, director, BBC Proms 2016, said: "It's been really exciting to see the phenomenal demand for tickets on the first day of booking of the BBC Proms, and hats off to our colleagues at the Royal Albert Hall for processing requests so quickly.

"I am thrilled that the 2016 programme is proving as enticing as ever to music lovers and I can't wait for the season to begin."

For anyone who has not yet bought a ticket, up to 1,350 "Promming" tickets are released on the day of each Prom, priced at just £6, and returns are often available via the Royal Albert Hall box office.

Tickets for the majority of the Proms are still available and every concert is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 with many also televised across the BBC.

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