The Royal Albert Hall audience and stage as seen during the last night of the Proms, London, September 12, 2015.
AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS
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It's a world apart from the polished atmosphere of conventional classical music concerts.Only a minority of these thousands experience the concerts from the Gallery – at the top of the circular, domed 1870s Italianate masterpiece on the edge of Hyde Park.Up here in the Albert Hall's highest reaches – an area called "the gods" in British theaters – there are no padded red seats or numbered rows. Prommers stand where they like to best appreciate the music wafting up from the philharmonic orchestra onstage a dizzying distance below. Jane Smith, 61, is attracted by the "anything goes" ambiance. Barefoot and swinging with the rhythm, she is a regular who comes several times a year, and always to the Gallery.Gallery tickets are sold on the day for 6 pounds ($7.75), while seats cost from 7.50 pounds to 100 pounds.
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