A talented music teacher has been given top marks after landing a prestigious honour.
Stephen West was thrilled to be honoured at the 14th annual Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards.
He collected the Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year gong on stage at the Music for Youth Schools Prom Concerts in front of thousands of people at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards seek to recognise and reward those teachers who have made a real difference to the musical life of young people.
As part of the award, Stephen will receive musical equipment and instruments from Yamaha, specialist music software from Avid and prizes from the Musicians Union.
Stephen, who teaches children in Barrhead and Neilston, said: “I would like to sincerely thank all of the pupils from East Renfrewshire and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who nominated me.
“I would also like to acknowledge the support of my wonderful colleagues in both places who help to make my teaching so enjoyable and so rewarding.”
Stephen was Principal Cor Anglais and oboe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for 20 years but turned to teaching after a lip injury forced him to retire early from performing.
Judges in the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards are full of praise for his efforts.
A spokesperson said: “Stephen seems to have found a major calling in teaching, being a completely inspirational educator in his field, giving over and above what he has been asked to do.
“His students are from the full age range of primary schools to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and often return to help in whatever capacity they can, such is their loyalty to him.
“Judges were unanimous in their decision to give Stephen this award and warmly congratulate him.”
Classic FM’s managing director, Darren Henley, added: “Music teachers like Stephen are heroes.
“Without their hard work and dedication, many children would not experience the joy of making and listening to music.”