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Just in: Nearly 100,000 BBC Proms tickets sold in first 12 hours

There has been a record rush for Proms tickets. Here’s the first press release of the summer season:

Booking for the BBC Proms 2012 opened at 9am this morning (Saturday 12 May) and over 97,000tickets were sold within the first 12 hours. This is a 13% increase on last year, when almost 86,000 tickets were purchased during the first day.

Over 80,000 tickets were sold online, while the remainder were purchased by music lovers who used telephone or postal booking, or went to the Royal Albert Hall in person.

2010s introduction of a new booking system has helped the Proms secure record attendances with over 300,000 tickets sold in each of the last two festivals.

Roger Wright: Director, BBC Proms and Controller, BBC Radio 3, said:

“The Proms remains the worlds largest music festival and it is a thrill that the demand for tickets on the first day of booking has been extremely high. This promises to be a special summer and we’re delighted that so many people have been able to book their tickets today. Although this is a record breaking number of tickets sold on the first day of booking, it’s important to remember that there are still tickets available for the vast majority of events and that you can always come and Prom on the day, or listen and watch on Radio 3 and BBC TV.”

The most popular Proms included the first ever Wallace & Gromit Prom (29 July) Daniel Barenboim conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (27 July) and the first of two Proms by the Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle (30 August). For those who were unable to buy tickets for these Proms, there are other ways to hear the concerts. Up to 1,400 Promming tickets are released on the day of each Prom, priced at just £5 for the seventh consecutive year, and returns are often available via the Royal Albert Hall box office. Tickets for the vast majority of the 2012 BBC Proms are still available and every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 with many also televised.

Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer, Royal Albert Hall said:

“We are delighted that even more people this year have taken advantage of the opportunity to buy tickets through the Halls online ticketing system on the first day of booking for the BBC Proms. In a summer which is already bursting with amazing events in London, its a fantastic tribute to the popularity of the Proms that so many people have booked tickets already. The Proms has always been about bringing the very best classical music to the widest number of people and were delighted to facilitate the enormous undertaking of ticketing for it in such a fair way to so many. We look forward to hosting the worlds greatest classical music festival on the worlds most famous stage again this summer”

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  1. This is amazing. Here in the US, I am envious.

  2. Richard Hallam says:

    Fantastic news – really! We should all take comfort that despite the obvious pressures from ‘contemporary culture’ aka Simon Cowell and friends, the great art form that is Classical Music is still very much alive and kicking.

  3. Laurence Glavin says:

    On the night that the USA Broadcast Network ABC aired its “classical” Dancing With The Stars”, comedian Jimmy Kimmel quipped “that’s why nobody listens to classical music any more”. On a typical broadcast, Jimmy Kimmel turns over the last five minutes of his show to people of no discernible talent emitting sounds that in no way resemble music.

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