It is always very touching when we discover that someone has been kind enough to leave a gift to the SCO in their Will. In doing so they help us to fulfil our mission to transform and enhance lives and communities throughout Scotland and beyond through the power of inspirational music-making.
Former Conductor Laureate Sir Charles Mackerras had the vision to see how he could help the SCO by instructing that after his death the Orchestra should receive his future royalties from his recordings. The money invested from these royalties recently helped towards the funding of Robin Ticciati’s recording of the Brahms Symphonies which was released in March. We feel sure that Sir Charles would have approved, and we remember him with the utmost respect, fondness and gratitude.
We would also like to remember the late Evelyn McNab, Herman Gawlik, Judith Pickles, Robert Durham, Mattie Hutchison, Helen Kelbie and Joyce Denovan whose gifts we received this year enabling the SCO to plan activities which we otherwise would not be able to do. In addition to being able to stage a Family Day in Perth in June, we are using some of these funds to invest in audience development initiatives and, in particular, to allow us to continue to offer free tickets to Under 18’s in the 2018/19 Season. In this way, we hope to give young people the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of our kind legacy givers and to develop a lifelong love for classical music.
It is a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will to help a charity, but nothing could be further from the truth. After taking care of family and friends, you will be amazed at what one final gift, no matter how large or small, can do for the SCO.
Much of our income comes from the generosity of donors but, with only 4% of people in Scotland actually leaving a charitable gift in their Will, we believe that encouraging people to consider the SCO when they come to make their Wills could be hugely beneficial for the Orchestra in the future.