Proms' audiences reach all-time high

Audiences for this year's BBC Proms have reached an all-time high, new figures show.

On the eve of the Last Night of the Proms, the BBC said there had been a five per cent increase in audience numbers compared to the previous year.

Over the 89 concerts, there were 313,000 people through the doors of the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, compared to 297,500 in 2009.

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And concerts were 92 per cent full, compared to the 87 per cent of the previous year, with 49 concerts completely selling out.

There were also more Prommers than ever – those who buy their tickets on the day to stand at the front of the stage – with 86,200, a 14 per cent rise year on year.

Roger Wright, Director BBC Proms, announced the record-breaking season. He said: “The strong attendance figures are a testament to the adventurous spirit of the Proms audience, their continuing eagerness to embrace such a wide range of music and the great value for money which the Proms offers thanks to the commitment of the BBC.”

Tonight’s Last Night – the rousing, traditional finale to the concert season – will feature a performance by Rene Fleming and the world premiere of a work by Jonathan Dove.