• 86% average attendance for main evening Proms
  • 34 of the 72 concerts sold out
  • 3 out of the 4 new Saturday Matinees at Cadogan Hall sold out
  • 200% increase people hearing Proms through 'Listen Again' on BBC Radio 3
Audience figures for the 2006 BBC Proms season, which ends today with the world-famous Last Night of the Proms, have been as buoyant as ever demonstrating that classical music is flourishing and that there is healthy public appetite for the wide range of concerts, the mix of great performances and outstanding music that make up the season.
On average 86% of the available seats for the main evening Proms at the Royal Albert Hall were sold. There were more than 252,000 attendances - including 66,500 standing Prommers - for the 72 concerts which took place there. Of those 72 concerts 34 sold out completely, two more than in 2005 when 32 of the 74 concerts attracted capacity crowds.*
The total attendance for all 89 BBC Proms concerts - including the five BBC Proms in the Park on the Last Night, 72 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, and 12 concerts at Cadogan Hall - is expected to exceed 355,000 with millions more experiencing the Proms on BBC radio, TV and online.
The new Saturday Matinees at Cadogan Hall added nearly 3,000 attendances and three out of the four afternoon concerts sold out.
There has been a massive increase in the numbers of people hearing Proms online, with a 200% increase in the use of the Listen Again service on BBC Radio 3, where online users can hear Proms concerts whenever they like up to seven days after the original broadcast. Over the whole season, more than a million requests have been received via Listen Again. The service had attracted 765,000 requests by the end of August - a 200% increase on 2005.
Nicholas Kenyon, Director of BBC Proms said:
"The number of sell-out Proms is extremely encouraging, given that the range of repertoire at the Proms is as wide as ever, and we are delighted that audiences remain so enthusiastic for both the well-known and the more challenging. There have been some outstanding concerts this year with memorable performances from many artists and it is wonderful to see that even more people are now enjoying them through the Listen Again facility."
BBC Radio 3 broadcast all Proms live, while on television BBC ONE and TWO broadcast ten Proms between them. BBC FOUR showed the final three weeks of the season with live concerts each evening from Sunday to Friday. This year for the first time, the First and Last Nights were made available to watch again on demand online for seven days after transmission via the BBC TWO website. Coverage extended to BBC World Service throughout the season and on the Last Night there were also live broadcasts of BBC Proms in the Park events on BBC Radio 2 and local BBC Radio stations.
*these figures exclude the Proms concert which was cancelled on 3 September following a fire at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert was sold out and expected to attract a capacity 6,000-strong audience.


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