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Want music news and entertainment in 140 characters? We're celebrating the 8th anniversary of Twitter's launch with this handy list of classical musicians and places you simply MUST follow.
1. Eric Whitacre
Oh Eric, with your shiny hair, toe-curling harmonies, and brilliantly geeky Twitter feed. We wish we were as cool as you.
New Year's resolution. pic.twitter.com/QxXIRGv3MF— Eric Whitacre (@EricWhitacre) January 1, 2014
2. Wigmore Hall
It's London's peerless chamber music venue and their Twitter feed is as exquisite as their hall's acoustic. Expect memes, chamber music superstars, irreverent commentary, and loving good morning and good night messages. Definitely worth a follow.
Good Morning, lots to tell you on Twitter about forthcoming events today, so stay tuned! don't forget your umbrella pic.twitter.com/3EGxFehAyz— Wigmore Hall (@wigmore_hall) January 8, 2015
3. Lang Lang
Football updates, concert photos, quotes and witticisms: there's plenty to engage with on Lang Lang's Twitter account. But let's be honest, you're probably just following him for selfies like this:
4. Gustavo Dudamel
Ah, 'the Dude'. Otherwise known as internationally renowned super-conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Worth a follow, if only for his puntastic hashtags:
The bow-breaking, boundary-smashing, genre-defying duo's unique string-fuelled videos send the internet into a tailspin instants after they're posted online. Prepare yourself for cello anarchy as your timeline fills up with moments like this:
WOW, 5 MILLION VIEWS IN 1 WEEK!!! :-) Unbelievable, we did it!!! Thank You once more for your incredible support!... http://t.co/I0DFCdhX0N— 2CELLOS (@2CELLOS) February 25, 2014
6. Tasmin Little
Doesn't matter whether or not she has a packed rehearsal schedule: violinist Tasmin Little always has time to interact and encourage fellow musicians. And that's why we love her.
7. London Symphony Orchestra
Not planning to become an orchestral trombonist any time soon? Panic not: follow the LSO on Twitter and you'll get a whole host of on stage photos from the world's greatest venues. Not to mention a tonne of interesting snaps from their amazing open air events.
8. Stephen Hough
Expect talk of poetry, puddings and pianos from the ever-charming and dazzlingly talented Stephen Hough. All deliciously crafted into 140 character titbits.
At the next dinner table to me tonight sat a distinguished, handsome man. It was @stephenfry Pity he's not on Twitter.— Stephen Hough (@houghhough) December 17, 2012
9. Royal Albert Hall Organ
Whoever taught this instrument how to use an iPhone deserves a medal.
*C MINOR CHORD!!!*— Albert Hall Organ (@RAHOrgan) May 10, 2014
10. Royal Opera House
Delve deep into the inner workings of this magnificent opera house through the wonders of this hugely active Twitter account. Expect opera facts, YouTube clips, audience interaction - and all with a pinch of good humour.