Pupils of Cumnock Academy and Greenmill Primary School gave a public performance at New Cumnock Town Hall.

The youngsters performed a varied set on string instruments for around 50 people at the refurbished hall, exhibiting their skills.

They are taking part in the programme at Dumfries House which is a collaboration between The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSC) and The Prince’s Foundation.

More than 700 primary and secondary school pupils receive specialist education in Ayrshire schools and are eligible to audition for the RCS at Dumfries House.

Kenneth Dunsmuir, executive director of The Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House, said: “The purpose of our link with RCS is to bring high-quality performing arts to the surrounding community.

“We are delighted to provide expert tuition to school pupils and lay on excellent entertainment.

“Many local children are growing in confidence and expertise and are now able to give performances of an impressive standard.”

Ellen Barrie, string specialist for East Ayrshire schools and cello tutor for RCS at Dumfries House, added: “It has been my privilege to teach at the Dumfries House project since its inception.

“The children are highly motivated and engaged. They show a high level of musical intelligence which is nurtured by the project.”