Privacy Statement

This page sets out the details of Scottish Chamber Orchestra's privacy notice in relation to information collected about you.

Who we are:

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
4 Royal Terrace

We are registered as a Scottish Charity, and our registration number is: SC015039

We are registered as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998, and our Data Protection Register number is: Z6488096

Any electronic communications will be made in accordance with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

What information do we collect about you?

We collect the personal data that you may volunteer as part of ticket bookings, subscriptions, online purchases, donation forms, newsletter sign-ups, audience surveys and participation feedback forms.

Personal information we collect may include:

  • your name, title, gender and date of birth;
  • postal address, email address and phone number;
  • family and spouse/partner details, and relationships to other donors;
  • current interests and activities.

We will also collect and hold information about any contact you have with us as a participant, customer or supporter of Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and may consist of details of:

  • ticket purchase and event registration / attendance;
  • online retail purchases;
  • contact preferences;
  • gift information, including Direct Debit bank details where applicable;
  • Gift Aid status;
  • details of correspondence sent to you, or received from you;
  • donor status and wealth assessment information;
  • employment information and professional activities;
  • where relevant, selected media coverage;
  • any other information provided by yourself at the request of Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

When we ask you to provide your personal information we will let you know why we are asking, and how we will use your data, by directing you towards this notice.

What we do with your information

Depending on your relationship with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the preferences you have indicated, data we hold may be used by us for the following purposes: 

Send you promotional, marketing or fundraising information by post, telephone or electronic means. These types of communications can include:

  • Informing you of events, services or products related to Scottish Chamber Orchestra, such as concerts, workshops, talks, classes, coach trips, recordings, or offers.

  • News and updates about Scottish Chamber Orchestra, such as via SCO News magazine or season brochures, and marketing e-newsletters.

  • Information on our fundraising operations, including occasional targeted requests to consider giving financial support to Scottish Chamber Orchestra, or to ask you to consider supporting us in other ways.

  • Other relevant communications based upon your relationship with Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

  • Data screening and cleansing, to check if we have accurate contact details for you - see How we update, screen and analyse your information for further information.

  • Wealth screening and research, to help us understand our subscribers, donors, ticket buyers and potential donors, including gathering information from publicly available resources to give an insight into your philanthropic interests and ability to support Scottish Chamber Orchestra. See How we update, screen and analyse your information for further information.

  • To send you surveys, and for market research purposes.

Tools may be used to monitor the effectiveness of our communications with you, including email tracking, which records when an e-newsletter from us is opened and/or how many links are clicked within the message. The data from this tracking is generally used in an aggregated and anonymised form.

You can opt out of any / all of our communications at any point simply by contacting

There are some subscription, ticket buyer and donation communications that we are required to send regardless of your contact preferences. These are essential communications, deemed necessary to fulfil our contractual obligations to you.  This would include Direct Debit confirmations and advanced notices, thank you letters, communications informing you of changes or cancellations to concerts and events you have booked for, subscription benefits such as SCO News magazine, renewal reminders, Gift Aid confirmation letters and querying returned mail or bounced Direct Debit payments with you.

How we update, screen and analyse your information

We continuously review records of supporters to ensure your data is as accurate as possible. We may consult alternative sources in order undertake these checks, such as:

  • Royal Mail National Change of Address database (NCOA);
  • BT Operator Services Information System (OSIS);
  • Reviewing employment information that you have made publicly available via social media;
  • Newspaper articles, publications and company websites;
  • Companies House and other company information databases;
  • Charity Commission and Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) registers;
  • Any other publicly available sources.

Where we appoint an external party to undertake a screening of information, any such arrangements will be subject to a formal agreement between Scottish Chamber Orchestra and that organisation, to protect the security of your data.

We may segment the information we hold about you in our database based on a proprietary score. These scores are calculated using personal data, as well as how engaged with us you have previously been, and indicators of future engagement. Analysis of this helps us understand our subscribers, ticket buyers, donors and potential donors to ensure we are efficient and that only relevant communications are sent to you.

You can opt-out of your data being utilised for wealth screening, data cleaning or analysis (with the aims of targeting communications with you appropriately, or finding up to date contact information in the case of gone away mail) simply by contacting

Where your information might be shared:

We only disclose personal data with other data controllers where there is a legitimate business reason for doing so or with data processors carrying out work on our behalf. Legitimate business reasons would include sharing personal data with other data controllers where we or they are selling or distributing tickets on each other’s behalf and /or we are joint partners is a project, concert or subscription series.

Data Controllers

Here is our list of the Data Controllers we share personal data with, but only in relation to the particular event, project or subscription with which your personal data would be connected.

The Queen’s Hall
The Usher Hall
Edinburgh International Festival
Glasgow Life
Byre Theatre
University of St Andrews
Midsteeple Box Office
Aberdeen Performing Arts
Horsecross Arts, Perth
University of York
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
St Mary's Music School

We also employ companies to act as approved data processors for Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and we retain full responsibility for your personal data. Data processors will act only on our instructions. 

Our data processors are:

Purple Seven - data management & communication system Vital Statistics linked with relevant Box Offices and venues pertaining to your booking
SmartDebit – online direct debit collection tool
Sagepay – online credit and debit card payment service
Blackbaud - hosted Customer Relationship Management systems
Dimensions - mailing houses for the sending of our SCO News magazine, season brochures and targeted marketing campaigns
Mailchimp - bulk email distribution services
Survey Monkey - Online Survey tool
MacGregor Jones - telephone fundraising agency
Smarteezie – telephone fundraising CTM system
LexusNexus - data cleaning and enrichment
EventBrite – online event booking tool
Groupanizer – online group organisation tool
Baker Richards Consulting Ltd. - Data Analysts

We may occasionally need to transfer your personal information overseas, for instance to our bulk email distributor, MailChimp or online survey tools, Survey Monkey. Where this is necessary, this may be to countries or territories around the world.

We are required to ensure any transfers of data will be done securely, in accordance with best practice, and in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Your data will never be sold or passed to any third party for any other purpose.

How we keep your information secure:

We have implemented security procedures, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from:

  • unauthorised access;
  • improper use or disclosure;
  • unauthorised modification.

All our employees and data processors, who have access to, and are associated with the processing of personal data, are legally obliged to respect the confidentiality of our supporters’ personal data.

How can I access the information about me, and correction of information?

You can ask us if we are keeping any personal data about you and you can also request to receive a copy of that personal data – this is called a Subject Access Request.

To make a Subject Access Request you will need to provide adequate proof of identity such as a copy of your passport, birth certificate or driving licence before your request can be processed.

Please try to be as clear as possible about the information you are seeking.

Once we have received your Subject Access Request, and proof of identity, you will receive a response from us within 40 days and you will be able to get copies of any information we hold on you. However, exemptions to disclosure may apply in some circumstances.

Subject Access Requests should be sent to:

Finance Director
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
4 Royal Terrace

At any time you may request that we delete or correct your personal information. If you wish to correct any information on you held by Scottish Chamber Orchestra, simply contact


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Changes to our privacy notice

We regularly review our privacy notice, and may make changes from time to time. Any changes made will be posted to this page, and will apply from the time we post them. This privacy statement was last changed on 06 December 2018.

How to contact us

If you have any comments on our privacy notice, or information we hold about you please contact us:

  • by email to
  • or write to us at Scottish Chamber Orchestra, 4 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB.