Record number of Proms tickets sold in first hour of sale

The BBC Proms team: (left to right) Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Bryn Terfel, Katie Derham and Leonard Elschenbroich Credit: BBC/PA

A record number of more than 57,000 tickets for the BBC Proms were sold in the first hour of booking this year.

Tickets went on sale at 9am on Saturday and 57,551 were snapped up by 10am.

This was over 25,000 tickets more than in the equivalent period in 2015 setting a new record for the Royal Albert Hall.

David Pickard, director, BBC Proms 2016, said: "It's been really exciting to see the phenomenal demand for tickets on the first day of booking of the BBC Proms, and hats off to our colleagues at the Royal Albert Hall for processing requests so quickly.

"I am thrilled that the 2016 programme is proving as enticing as ever to music lovers and I can't wait for the season to begin."