Drama plays out on Twitter for innovative cellist, travelling to London from Düsseldorf for Kings Place concert

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Canadian cellist Zoë Keating, who is best known for her solo live shows featuring live sampling and looping, was travelling between concerts in Germany and the UK on Saturday, with her cello checked in to the hold in a flight case. 

She flew Air Berlin from Nuremberg to Düsseldorf and then British Airways on to London, but on arrival at Heathrow discovered that her luggage and cello had gone missing. Keating, who was featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue of The Strad, took to Twitter to tell her 1.6 million followers about the turn her day was taking – though with her Kings Place concert still over a day away, she appeared quite relaxed, having contacted both British Airways and Air Berlin.

However, eight hours after her flight took off, there was no sign of the instrument:

Keating then tweeted Düsseldorf Airport’s official account:

But began having to make alternative arrangements:

The following morning there was some good news:

Keating later tweeted that her luggage was still missing, but the important thing was the clearly the cello which was on its way. Or was it?

With the concert getting closer and closer, there was still no definite news and Keating’s patience was obviously wearing thin:

Keating had to borrow her entire set-up from friends, colleagues and helpful people on Twitter:

She ended the day’s tweets with an appeal directed at the cello itself, which she calls Ariège after the region in France where it was made:

But in the event, British Airways came good after all, with Keating tweeting the morning after the concert: