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Proms ticket sales reach crescendo


Flying the flag - the Last Night of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Flying the flag - the Last Night of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Flying the flag - the Last Night of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Tens of thousands of people have made their bookings for this year's BBC Proms, with record-breaking ticket sales recorded just hours after the box office opened.

The summer festival features a diverse line-up including St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, DJ Pete Tong and Sir David Attenborough.

In just 12 hours 118,000 tickets were snapped up, with 500 tickets-a-minute sold during peak periods yesterday.

The world's largest classical music festival runs from July 17 to September 12, with many events taking place at the Royal Albert Hall.

Edward Blakeman, director, BBC Proms 2015, said the demand for tickets had been "extraordinary".

He said: "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."

James Ainscough, chief operating officer at the Royal Albert Hall said there is something for everyone at this year's event.

He said: "The popularity of this year's season is no surprise, with performances by the San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, innovative Late Night Proms with Pete Tong, Jarvis Cocker and Yo Yo Ma, many large choral works in the perfect setting of the Royal Albert Hall, not to mention the Life Story Prom with Sir David Attenborough, Fiddler On The Roof with Bryn Terfel and a new series of Sunday matinees for all the family.

"The Proms has always been about bringing the very best music to the widest number of people. We look forward to hosting a wonderful summer of inspirational performances on the world's most famous stage."

There are still tickets available for many performances, and some standing tickets will be available on the day for just £5.

The Proms are also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, with many televised across the BBC.