Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Music fans rush for Proms tickets

Benjamin Grosvenor performs outside the Royal Albert Hall to launch the BBC Proms 2011
Benjamin Grosvenor performs outside the Royal Albert Hall to launch the BBC Proms 2011

This year's BBC Proms is on course to be one of the most popular after more than 85,000 tickets were snapped up by music lovers on the opening day of sales.

During the first hour, 376 tickets to the annual classical music festival were sold every minute, officials said.

Booking for the world renowned series of concerts, to be held at London's Royal Albert Hall between July 15 and September 10, opened on Saturday and by the end of the day sales were up on last year by more than 7%.

All seated tickets for Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra were snapped up within three hours, quickly followed by Verdi's Requiem.

Seated tickets for Havergal Brian's gargantuan The Gothic Symphony also sold out - although up to 1,400 £5 tickets are released on the day of each concert, officials said.

Tickets for the vast majority of other events are still available.

Roger Wright, the Proms director and controller of BBC Radio 3, said: "The Proms remain the world's largest music festival and the demand for tickets on the first day of booking has been extremely high. We're delighted that so many people have been able to get their tickets successfully and look forward to welcoming them to the Proms this summer."

Last year, a record-braking 313,000 people flocked to the Proms.

In total, 85,921 tickets were sold on Saturday.

Jasper Hope, the Royal Albert Hall's chief operating officer, said: "The Proms has always been about bringing the very best classical music to the widest number of people and we're delighted to have proved not only our ability to host the festival but also to facilitate the enormous undertaking of ticketing it in such a fair way and to so many."

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