The season, ending tonight, maintained a 93 percent average across two months of concerts, with 57 of the 75 events selling out. Here’s the press release:
- Record number of concerts sold out in the Royal Albert Hall – 57 of 75
- · Record number of UK requests for Proms on iPlayer – 1.7 million
- · 93% average attendance for main evening concerts in Royal Albert Hall
- · More than 300,000 attend the 88 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall
After a packed two months the 119th season of the BBC Proms comes to its conclusion this evening with the world-renowned Last Night of the Proms, led for the first time in its history by a female conductor Marin Alsop and featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and violinist Nigel Kennedy, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Average attendance for the main evening Proms in the Royal Albert Hall this year was 93%, equal to last year. A record 57 of 75 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall sold out, six more than in 2012, and over 300,000 people attended concerts at both the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall.
More than 32,000 people bought tickets for the first time and over 8,400 under 18s attended concerts across the season. Record numbers of tickets were sold on the first day of sales with over 114,000 tickets purchased.
Roger Wright, Director BBC Proms, says:
‘I’m delighted that the 2013 BBC Proms has captured the imagination of our audiences and been so critically acclaimed. The atmosphere throughout the summer has been one of great excitement and engagement with the music making. The high attendance figures, not least for the new and less familiar work, is a sign of the health of the BBC Proms brand. Thanks to the ongoing commitment of the BBC the Proms continues to offer great value for money.’
Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer, Royal Albert Hall says:
‘Another Proms season comes to an end and proves that the Proms is without doubt the world’s greatest classical music festival and an extraordinary phenomenon. Over 300,000 people attending concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogen Hall throughout the season is impressive enough but add over 2 million visits to the Proms pages on our website, 150,000 visits on the first day alone with over114,000 tickets sold, to a record number of sold-out performances and the popularity of this amazing festival is clear for all to see. Our thanks to artists and audiences alike for a wonderful summer and we look forward to welcoming the Proms back in 2014.’