A MUSIC teacher from Williamwood has received the Music Teacher of the Year award from Classic FM.
Stephen West was presented with the Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year at the Music for Youth Schools Prom Concert in front of thousands of people at London’s Royal Albert Hall this week.
The award seeks 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 for his musical service and prizes from the Musicians Union.
Stephen said: “I would like to sincerely thank all of the pupils from East Renfrewshire and the Royal Conservatoire, who nominated me.
“I would also like to acknowledge the support of my wonderful colleagues in both places who helped 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.
A lip injury forced him to retire early as a performer and Stephen turned to teaching.
One of the judges at the Classic FM ceremony commented: “He 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 pupils are from the full range of primary schools to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and often return to help in whatever capacity they can — such is the loyalty to him.
“The judges were unanimous in their decision to give Stephen this award and warmly congratulate him”.
Classic FM’s managing director, Darren Henley, said: “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”.