Catalans’ Kelly premiere

Catalan cellist François Ragot and guitarist Jean-Laurent Calvin, pictured top of page, entertain the Eastgate Theatre this weekend.

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Association, which aims to raise awareness of the Scottish architect, presents the concert which will premiere a new adaptation of the Capillaire Minuet, written for flute by Thomas Alexander Erskine, 6th Earl of Kelly.

The earl founded the Capillaire, a drinking club, in Edinburgh where the only wine allowed was Capillaire.

A spokesperson for the association said: “He was notorious for his rakish and tended to compose on the spot and absent-mindedly give music away.

“Until recently only a small number of his compositions was thought to survive, but the discovery of two manuscripts containing chamber works at Kilravock Castle has doubled the number of his surviving compositions – notably with nine trio sonatas and nine string quartets – and has led to his recognition as Scotland’s greatest composer of the 18th century.”

The concert also includes music by Schubert, Pergolese, Bocherini and Granados, Villabos, Machado, and Piazzola.

François Ragot studied at the Royal College of Music in London and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris,

Jean-Lauren Calvin is guitar soloist in the Orchestre de Catalogne and in the string ensemble Mare Nostrum. He has toured extensively in Europe and in the French overseas territories.

The performance this Sunday starts at 1pm and tickets, available by phoning 01721 725777, are priced at £12.