Tuesday 28 November 2023 is Giving Tuesday.

For nearly six decades, the NCO has been at the heart of Macclesfield’s cultural scene, bringing the enchantment of music to our community. As we approach our 60th anniversary, we’ve embarked on an exciting journey of expansion, taking our concerts to new audiences in Chester and Wirral.

Our music is more than just a performance; it’s a bond that unites us all. With your unwavering support, we’ve been able to share the magic of music with our communities. From inspiring the future generation of artists to bringing joy to those in care homes, our community initiatives and outreach programmes are our way of expressing gratitude.

While we’ve faced challenges, especially since 2020, your generosity has kept our spirit alive and our mission thriving. Looking ahead, we must prepare for unforeseen circumstances that could threaten all we’ve worked so hard to achieve. This Giving Tuesday, we are therefore asking our supporters to consider making a donation, to help the NCO – the North West’s longest standing professional chamber orchestra – remain afloat into 2024 and beyond.

By contributing, you’re not merely supporting music – you’re championing a legacy of creativity, inspiration, and innovation. Your generosity empowers aspiring musicians, fuels groundbreaking performances, and nurtures the very essence of culture. We are also launching our Northern Circle legacy giving scheme. Legacy Giving is your chance to make a meaningful contribution to the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s ongoing success. By including us in your will, you create a legacy that sustains our mission and enriches the lives of countless music enthusiasts.

In essence, we can’t achieve this without your support. Your generosity has the power to orchestrate positive change, ensuring that our orchestra not only survives but thrives for years to come. Remember, you can also Gift Aid your donation at no extra cost to yourself, allowing us to claim an additional 25p for every £1 you contribute.

£20: Donations of this size could help us acquire new sheet music and scores, allowing us to expand our musical offerings.

£50: This amount could support the cost of renting rehearsal spaces where we fine-tune our performances.

£100: Running an orchestra involves administrative work, such as marketing, promotion, and coordination. Your donation could help cover these operational expenses, allowing the orchestra to focus on artistic endeavours.

£200: Contributions at this level could help us invite guest musicians or soloists, adding diversity and depth to our performances.

£250: Donations at this level could support our educational initiatives, such as workshops, masterclasses, and outreach programmes that nurture young talent and inspire future musicians, as we do with Macclesfield Music Centre.

£500: This amount could help cover the costs associated with putting on concerts throughout the North West, including venue hire, technical equipment, and lighting, creating an enhanced experience for the audience.

£1000 +: Larger donations could enable us to continue bringing world-class soloists to our stage, encourage the creation of new compositions, and extend our reach to previously unreached communities.

Two Friends of the Northern Chamber Orchestra holding fleyrs

Other ways to support the NCO

We have several ways in which you can join the family of Northern Chamber Orchestra supporters.Please be assured we will use every penny to support our Orchestra, education and community programme.

Friends of the NCO

For £25 per year (£40 for a joint membership), you will receive regular newsletters, invitations to pre-concert talks and discounts on tickets.


For donations of between £125 and £249 per annum, you can become a Patron of the Northern Chamber Orchestra and enjoy a closer relationship with our orchestra and support our work. Patrons enjoy many benefits, including priority ticket booking, special communications, acknowledgement of your support in our prorgammes, season brochures and website, and access to pre-and post-concert events with a guest. Patrons Plus (£250+ per annum) also receive invitations to rehearsals and exclusive surprises throughout the season.

Chair Sponsorship

This is an opportunity for you to support the NCO financially whilst also associating yourself with your chosen player. Your support will help us to continue to develop artistically and ensure that we are able to retain our world class musicians. In addition to the benefits listed above, you will also receive an acknowledgement in our season brochure, wesbite and concert programmes alongside the name of the sponsored player, two complimentary tickets to an NCO Macclesfield concert of the sponsor’s choice, and with the opportunity to enjoy a post-concert drink with members of the NCO.

Concert Sponsorship

Concert Sponsorship is our top level individual sponsorship scheme, and your sponsorship will assist us with the costs of holding one of our season or one off concerts. In addition to the benefits of the Patrons Plus scheme, Concert Sponsorship benefits include sponsor acknowledgement on our website, in our season brochure and concert programmes on the relevant concert page, an invitation to the rehearsal of the sponsored concert for yourself and a guest, and two complimentary tickets to the sponsored concert.

Gifts in Memory

A gift in memory is a wonderful way to celebrate a loved one’s enjoyment of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. Gifts in Memory can be acknowledged through the Patron, Chair Sponsorship or Concert Sponsorship schemes.

Corporate Sponsorship

Our sponsors and commercial partners are instrumental in keeping our artistic programming and learning activities engaging, exciting and accessible to as wide an audience as possible – across the North of England.  They enjoy a mutually beneficial, flexible partnership with the NCO, which can deliver bespoke benefits, in tune with organisational needs, values and aspirations – whether it be raising brand awareness, delivering corporate responsibility objectives within a local community, accessing our corporate team-building service, through music workshops or adding quality musicianship to your corporate events.

Legacy Giving

Long-term gifts such as legacies will help us to continue presenting concerts, attracting distinguished chamber musicians and soloists, and delivering our learning and participation opportunities.