Proms heralds record-breaking ticket sales
17 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
(L-R) Dame Evelyn Glennie, Danielle de Niese, Katie Derham, Nicholas Collon and pupils from Luton Music Service
This year’s BBC Proms saw record-breaking sales within hours of the box office opening, it has been announced.
More than 118,000 tickets were snapped up in the first 12 hours of them going on sale at 09:00 BST on 16 May.
This year’s eclectic line-up includes Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic, Sir David Attenborough, Bryn Terfel and Pete Tong.
Edward Blakeman, director, BBC Proms 2015, said the demand for tickets had been “extraordinary”.
“The level of demand for tickets for the broad range of concerts across the whole season has been extraordinary.
“We’re delighted that so many people have booked tickets, and look forward to welcoming them to the Royal Albert Hall this summer to enjoy all the world-class music featured across the two months of the festival.”
Within the first hour of booking, more than 31,000 tickets were purchased online, more than 10% cent more than in 2014, with 500 tickets-a-minute sold during peak periods on Saturday.
In addition, more than 1,600 Promming (standing) Season Tickets and Weekend Promming Passes were sold through the Royal Albert Hall on 15 May.
Among the most popular Proms, according to early bookings, are a concert of works by US composer and pianist Leonard Bernstein, whose musical scores included West Side Story, Yo-Yo Ma’s Late Night performance of Bach’s complete cello suites and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Simon Rattle conducting.
James Ainscough, who looks after event venue the Royal Albert Hall, said the popularity of the season came as “no surprise”, citing the broad programme which encompasses large-scale choral works, a Prom featuring Sir David Attenborough’s …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment