Individual Giving

Our Patrons are an inspirational group of people who play a vital part in the life of the SCO and help us reach thousands of people across Scotland in classrooms, community centres and concert halls. Every contribution is crucial in helping us go from strength to strength and fulfil our aim to engage and inspire audiences throughout the world. 

Download a Donation Form  today to join our family of Patrons.

Learn more about how to become a Patron by getting in touch with Laura Hickey, Development Officer, by email or telephone on 0131 478 8344.


  • PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR'S CIRCLE (£5,000 or more) 
  • DIAMOND PATRONS (£2,500-£4,999)
  • PLATINUM PATRONS (£1,000-£2,499)
  • GOLD PATRONS (£600-£999) 
  • SILVER PATRONS (£300-£599) 
  • BRONZE PATRONS (£120-£299) 
  • PATRONS (£60-£119)
The immensely valuable work the Orchestra does off stage by helping spread musical education into schools, and raising Scotland's international profile, means that my support is directly helping a great number of people and causes.
John-Paul Temperley, SCO Patron


  • £10,000 pays for one concert week rehearsal
  • £5,000 funds the fees of a top international conductor
  • £2,500 pays for two musicians to deliver a series of workshops with people living with dementia
  • £1,000 helps us fund the cost of hiring a local venue to deliver music-making weekends for adult amateur musicians
  • £600 enables us to pay for training musicians in how to undertake projects involving children with additional support needs
  • £300 funds the cost of three musicians spending half a day delivering workshops in a local primary school
I wanted to 'get closer' to the SCO and decided to become a Patron. Not only do I have the opportunity to be involved and see beyond the concert platform, I am also supporting a truly brilliant orchestra and its objectives.
Jack Bogle, SCO Patron



The SCO is a registered charity (SC015039). This means that if you are a UK tax payer and your make a donation to the Orchestra, we can claim back from HMRC the basic rate tax you have paid. For example, at current income tax rates, for every £1 you donate to the SCO, the donation is worth £1.25. 

If you are a UK tax payer, simply sign the 'Gift Aid' declaration on the SCO Donation Form to enable us to claim the extra income on your donation.


Better still, 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.


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 allow 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 advisor before making a donation of shares to the Orchestra.

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