Nicola Benedetti MBE has been praised for raising funds for local music provision by hosting an intimate concert in her family home.

The internationally renowned violinist hosted a special intimate gig in her family home in West Kilbride last Sunday.

It was a special homecoming for the MBE awarded artiste as Nicola was joined by jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

This special event included a one-hour recital from Nicola and regular duo partner, pianist Alexei Grynyuk, a buffet dinner, followed by a one-hour recital from the Wynton Marsalis Quartet.

The 31-year-old performer said: "I want to do all she can to protect music education in the district and hope this event will raise a significant sum of money.

"Hopefully places the money will be channelled into will lead to other concerts which can raise funds for other causes and continue the positivity that music can bring."

Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education and Youth Employment, said: “This is a wonderful gesture and we are absolutely thrilled that Nicola will be donating the proceeds to our music service. She is an inspiration and role model to young people across North Ayrshire.

“It is important that we use the money wisely and that it benefits as many young people as possible. We are exploring a number of ideas – including an investment fund for young people, workshops for our aspiring musicians and a a fund that helps finance trips to concerts and shows – but as yet nothing has been finalised.

“We hope to provide more details in due course."