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Our Key Donors


Dunard Fund

Visiting Artists Fund
Colin and Sue Buchan
Harry and Carol Nimmo
Anne and Matthew Richards

International Touring Fund
Gavin and Kate Gemmell

American Development Fund
Erik Lars Hansen and Vanessa C L Chang

Productions Fund
Anne, Tom and Natalie Usher
Bill and Celia Carman
Anny and Bobby White

Scottish Touring Fund
Eriadne and George Mackintosh
Claire and Anthony Tait

Annual Fund
James and Patricia Cook

Creative Learning Fund
Sabine and Brian Thomson

Chair Sponsors
Geoff and Mary Ball
Principal Timpani | Louise Lewis Goodwin
Ken Barker and Martha Vail Barker
Principal Viola | Max Mandel

Sir Ewan and Lady Brown
Viola | Steve King
Jo and Alison Elliot
Principal Second Violin | Marcus Barcham Stevens
Caroline Hahn and Richard Neville-Towle
Principal Double Bass | Nikita Naumov

J Douglas Home
Second Violin | Rachel Smith

Christine Lessels
Viola | Brian Schiele
Professor Sue Lightman
Cello | Donald Gillan

Donald and Louise MacDonald
Conductor Emeritus | Joseph Swensen
Jasmine Macquaker Charitable Fund
Cello | Eric de Wit
Anne McFarlane
Chorus Director | Gregory Batsleer
Stuart and Alison Paul
Principal Clarinet | Maximiliano Martín
Claire and Anthony Tait
Principal Bassoon | Cerys Ambrose-Evans

The Thomas Family
Principal Cello | Philip Higham
Claire and Mark Urquhart
Principal Flute | André Cebrián
In memory of Hedley G Wright
Principal Oboe | Robin Williams

We are hugely grateful for the very generous support we receive from our Principal Conductor's Circle, a group of visionary individuals who support the SCO through gifts of £5,000 or greater.

Tax Relief

If you are a higher rate tax payer, you can claim personal tax relief on the difference between the basic rate and the higher rate of income tax through your Self Assessment tax return. So, at current income tax rates, if you make a donation of £800, it will be worth £1,000 to the SCO (including Gift Aid) while costing you only £600 after personal tax relief.

Donating Shares

By donating shares to the SCO you will also be able to take advantage of tax efficient giving as well as claiming income or corporation tax relief on certain shares. Gifts of shares enable the donor to deduct from that year's taxable income the market value of the investments at the date of the gifts to the charity, plus any incidental costs incurred in transferring the investments, such as broker's fees, less any proceeds or benefits the donor receives in consequence of the gift.

Gifts of shares to a charity are also free from liability to Capital Gains Tax. However, we are not permitted to claim Gift Aid on share donations.

We recommend you take advice from an accountant or your financial adviser before making a major gift or donation of shares to the SCO.

Contact Us

Learn more about joining the Principal Conductor's Circle by getting in touch with Martin Lawlor on 0131 478 8344 or by email.