Record-breaking season for the BBC Proms

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The 116th season draws larger audiences than ever 

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It has been a record-breaking season for the BBC Proms this year. With 313,000 people attending, over 15,000 more people attended concerts this year than last.

There were 89 concerts on the 2010 programme, with highlights including the opening night performance of Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand, the Berlin Philharmonic's two Proms and the UK premiere of Rued Langgaard's Music of the Spheres 92 years after it was written.

The average attendance for the main event in the Royal Albert Hall each evening was 92% compared to 87% last year, and 14% more Prommers also bought standing tickets this year. Nearly 40,000 people bought tickets for the first time. The success story continued on TV, with BBC Four attracting 46% more viewers for its Proms broadcasts.

'It's extremely pleasing to see that audiences are stronger than ever,' says Roger Wright, controller of Radio 3 and director of the Proms, 'The strong attendance figures are a testament to the adventurous spirit of the Proms audience [and] the commitment of the BBC.'