Making a will is one of the most important ways we can look after our loved ones once we’re no longer around. By leaving a gift to NCO, you could ensure that an organisation close to your heart will be looked after too.

Thank you for your interest in remembering NCO.

After you've ensured your family and friends are provided for, please consider remembering NCO in your will. As well as supporting the future of this remarkable organisation, legacies to UK charities like NCO are exempt from inheritance tax (which is currently 40%). So your gift may also help the reduce the amount of tax payable on your estate.

What is NCO's 1978 Association?
The 1978 Association was named to commemorate the year in which NCO was founded by the late Vivienne Price MBE. Anyone who indicates that they intend to leave NCO a gift in their will is automatically enrolled as a member of NCO’s 1978 Association.

The 1978 Association recognises alumni of the orchestras, their families and supporters everywhere, who wish to support the future of NCO by leaving a gift.

It is hoped that many who do so will be happy for their names to be listed on our website and in concert programmes, both to allow us to recognise your generosity and to encourage others to consider remembering NCO.  However the decision to leave a gift is of course a private matter and anyone can choose to remain anonymous - just indicate this preference on the form.

Funds raised through The 1978 Association will go to underpin the long term financial security and development of the NCO and to ensure that future generations of musical children will continue to benefit from NCO’s remarkable work. You can choose if you wish how to direct your gift – for example, towards operational costs or towards NCO’s financial assistance fund.

Why remember NCO?
NCO welcomes musically talented children from all backgrounds and all regions of the UK, and provides them with a world class foundation in orchestral performances and musicianship. Each year we bring together hundreds of 7-14 year olds and offer them a truly life-changing experience.

You might be surprised to hear that as a charity, NCO relies entirely on donations and philanthropy to cover 50% of its operating costs each year as well as 100% of the financial support it offers to ensure that every child in the UK with musical talent and potential can benefit from membership, whatever their circumstances.

How do I leave a gift in my will?
Drawing up a will is easier that you think, although it is important that you use the services of a solicitor to help you.  We have prepared a fact sheet to assist you.

NCO is proud to be a part of Remember a Charity - a consortium of over 140 charities set up to raise awareness of the importance of having a will and leaving gifts to charities. You can also visit their website for further information about making a willfinding a local solicitor, and leaving a legacy.

If you already have a will, adding NCO as a beneficiary is straightforward – you just need to include a short written instruction called a codicil.  You can choose to leave a specific amount, the amount left over from your estate after your loved ones have been provided for, or particular possessions such as shares, investments or property. 

Helpful download links:
Download our legacies fact sheet
Download our legacies form
Download our codicil form

Thank you for considering supporting NCO in this special way.

If you would like any more information on The 1978 Association please get in touch.
See a list of our generous supporters and members of The 1978 Association here.