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Record-breaking ticket sales reported for BBC Proms

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This year’s BBC Proms classical music festival has boasted ticket sales of almost 125,000, marking a new record.

The Proms are scheduled to take place from July 19 to September 14.

General booking opened last Saturday (May 18), with nearly 103,000 tickets sold online on that day alone – the highest ever number of Proms tickets sold online on a single day.

In addition to telephone and in-person sales, more than 107,000 tickets were purchased. This represents a 36% increase on last year and 500 tickets more than the same point in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

When combined with Sunday’s (May 19) figures for season tickets, the Doctor Who and CBeebies Proms, the total number of tickets is almost 125,000.

BBC Radio 3 is set to broadcast every single Prom to ensure millions of people can also hear the festival, while Radio 1 and Radio 2 will broadcast highlights.

“I am thrilled that this year’s opening on sale weekend has been record-breaking, demonstrating the UK’s passion for live music,” said Radio 3 and BBC Proms controller Sam Jackson.

“It’s noteworthy that the 15 best-selling Proms reflect the breadth and variety of what the BBC Proms offers, from international orchestras and star soloists through to family concerts and genre-defying gems. While these figures are very encouraging, audiences should be aware that no Prom at the Royal Albert Hall is ever sold out until the day itself, because you can buy standing tickets for every single concert, on the day. And of course, all concerts will be broadcast on Radio 3.”

The most in-demand performances are said to be the First Night of the Proms conducted by Elim Chan on July 19, as well as the likes of Sam Smith, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, and Florence + The Machine: Symphony of Lungs among others.

A total of 90 Proms with more than 3,000 musicians are set to take place. Seat prices start from £10 ($12/€11) and there are still over 200,000 available for the Royal Albert Hall and several venues around the UK.

“I am delighted that the 2024 Proms, my last as director, are proving so appealing,” said BBC Proms director David Pickard.

“With many of our core classical concerts selling fast, it shows that the public’s appetite for classical orchestral music is as strong as ever. To see such huge audiences for Mahler, Beethoven, Britten, Bruckner, Verdi and Holst reinforces the original vision of the festival – to bring the best of classical music to the widest possible audience.”