13 Sep 2009
The Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 13 September 2009]
In spite of mounting qualms earlier in the year, it has been a good summer for classical music festivals. A couple of weeks ago the Salzburg Festival reported average attendance at 93 per cent, followed by Glyndebourne Festival Opera as high as ever at 96 per cent, and now the BBC Proms has come in at an average figure of 87 per cent for the concerts in the Royal Albert Hall - a hugely impressive figure given the size of the venue and the diversity of the programming. With extra events at nearby Cadogan Hall, the total number of people attending Proms concerts has been the highest ever.