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Lost Vivaldi flute concerto performed in Perth

A Vivaldi flute concerto, which was discovered in a Scottish archive, is to receive its first public performance in more than 250 years in Perth.

Il Gran Mogol has been authenticated as the work of the 18th Century Italian composer.

Researcher Andrew Woolley found the piece among the Marquesses of Lothian's family papers at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

A reproduction of the lost score will be on display at Perth Concert Hall.

The work belonged to a quartet of lost concertos.

It will receive its modern day premiere, performed by the early music group La Serenissima.

Image caption The piece was part of a quartet of lost Vivaldi concertos

The other pieces of the quartet - La Francia, La Spagna and L'Inghilterro - remain lost.

Il Gran Mogol is almost complete, only missing a part for the second violin.

But Mr Woolley has reconstructed it using the manuscript of another flute concerto by Vivaldi, which is kept in Turin and appears to be a reworking of Il Gran Mogol.

It is unclear exactly how the concerto was brought to Scotland, but it is believed to have belonged to the flute-playing nobleman Lord Robert Kerr, son of the third Marquess of Lothian.

It is thought he may have acquired it on a Grand Tour of Europe in the early 1700s.

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