Another set of cheerful stats from the John Myerscough report on BBC orchestras:
The box-office takings of the eight English symphony orchestras rose by 34% between 2005/06 and 2009/10.In Liverpool, the growth was 82%.
A broader indication of the change is the BMRB Target Group Index, which measures the percentage of adults currently attending classical concerts. This had dipped to a low of 11.6% in 1998/99., since when it has climbed to a peak of 18.1% in 2007/08 and subsequently remains at around 17%. The growth in interest applies to all forms of music, classical up 46%, opera 35%, pop and rock 71% and jazz 82%.
A run of new halls is part of the story, Sage in Gateshead, King‟s Place and Cadogan Hall in London, and the success of City Halls in Glasgow. The BBC Proms are a vivid expression of this positive development, with live audiences jumping from 271k in 2007 to 313k in 2010, including strong progress in attracting young audiences.
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