Record sales for the BBC Proms!

Fiddle-de-deeIt would seem that even more people are discovering the joys of classical music for themselves, after a record 114,000 tickets were sold for the BBC Proms 2013 after booking opened on Saturday.

Over 100,000 tickets were sold online, with the rest bought in person, on the phone or by post – a rise of 12% on sales in 2012. The most popular concerts – based on ticket sales – included the First Night of the Proms (which sees conductor Sakari Oramo in his first performance as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra), both Proms by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and two Doctor Who Proms.

The Doctor Who Proms are back to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary, which takes place in November, with scenes included from the series soundtracked to music written by its young fans.

“With 50 years of the Doctor coinciding with anniversaries for Wagner, Verdi and Britten amongst others, not to mention concerts by the Stranglers and the Vienna Philharmonic, we expected another level of demand this year but this is extraordinary,” chief operating officer of the Royal Albert Hall Jasper Hope said.

The Proms start on July 12th and includes 92 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, with four others across the UK.

Which ones are you going to?

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