A reward has been offered for the safe return of instruments stolen from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Professional cellist Fred Parry appealed on social media for information on a stolen violin and viola, belonging to Fiona West, which were taken on December 30.

Fiona, who was given the viola but her late father, said it has huge sentimental value.

The professional musician has worked for the RSCO for 30 years and is due to retire next month.

Her husband Stephen West said the instrument was like a fifth child to his wife, who has been playing on it for 47 years.

The 77-year-old has been left devastated by the loss.

A cash reward of £1000 each has been offered for their return.

The violin has been described as ‘Hill stamp, X397 in a light grey Jakob Winter case’ with two bows, one by Lotte and another by W.E Hill and Son.

The viola is said to be Fernando Solar in make.

Anyone with information is asked to contact contact Police Scotland on 101.