What is Twitter? And who should you follow? Whether you’ve got an account or not, here’s a guide for classical music lovers who want a daily dose of musical news and amusement.
Whether you’re a Lark Ascending , the First Cuckoo in Spring , The Swan , or more of a Firebird , there’s bound to be something for every classical music lover on Twitter. You don’t need an account to browse what anyone is saying, so here’s a quick list of some of Classic FM’s favourite tweeters.
Lang Lang: It's hard not to marvel at the pictures Lang Lang posts on Twitter. This year he’s met the Queen, played at the Diamond Jubilee concert, and carried the Olympic Flame. Expect updates about his upcoming performances too.
James Rhodes: Cute pictures of koalas, soundbites of his latest Bach performances, and sarcastic quips. Just goes to show classical musicians are fun and down-to-earth (although we can’t be held responsible for anything on there…)
Gustavo Dudamel : Affectionately dubbed ‘The Dude’, conductor Gustavo Dudamel has more than 140,000 people following his Twitter updates. Expect pictures, interviews, and real-time updates of where he’s performing next.
Nicola Benedetti: What’s it like being an internationally successful violinist? Nicola’s Twitter gives us a behind the scenes look at some of her rehearsals, and keeps us updated on her newest album releases – she’s on her sixth already!
Eric Whitacre : Discover the personality responsible for writing some of this century’s most beautiful choral music. Photos and videos of Whitacre’s performances occasionally crop up, as well as insights into his frequent foreign trips.
Royal Opera House : “On this day in 1888…” Musical facts and interviews aplenty, classical music news and campaigns to increase arts funding – the Twitter home of the Royal Opera House isn’t just for singers.
The Sage Gateshead : Find out what’s on at the Sage Gateshead and get updates on ticket availability for some great concerts. Look out for them on Fridays: there’s usually a giveaway where you can win tickets, or something tasty to eat