BBC Proms Smash Records

A record number of sell-out events for this year's Proms, including performances by Plácido Domingo in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra and Bryn Terfel in Wagner's The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, have seen the average attendance for concerts at the Albert Hall in London soar to 4,000 people.

Since the Proms opened on July 16, the hall has been, on average, 92 per cent full compared with 87 per cent in 2009.

More than 40 of the Proms' 76 concerts have played to a full house, a figure which is expected to rise before the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday. More than 1,000 tickets priced at £5 have been made available every day to Prom-goers, which is thought to have helped boost attendance figures.

Highlights from this year's concerts have included celebrations of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, the American composer.

Sondheim's 80th birthday was commemorated with a special Sondheim at 80 Prom in July with performances by the actors Simon Russell Beale and Dame Judi Dench, who sang Send in the Clowns, one of Sondheim's most famous songs from the musical A Little Night Music.

Other Prom concerts that have drawn sell-out crowds include a performance by the jazz singer and pianist Jamie Cullum and the Doctor Who Prom, which featured original music from the BBC One television series alongside classical works by Wagner and Holst, hosted by the Dr Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.