Obituary: Jack Steadman (1920–2014)


First Violin (1947–1981)

The LSO was saddened to hear of the death of former violinist, Jack Steadman, on 3 September 2014 in Cornwall.

Jack was a Member of the London Symphony Orchestra for 34 years from 1947 until 1981. After joining the LSO he was soon voted onto the Board of Directors and at the age of 39 years became Chairman, a post he held for several years.

At the time of the proposed development of the Barbican in the Sixties, he represented the LSO in discussions with the Aldermen of the City of London, which resulted in a permanent home both for the LSO and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1972 and was an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

During World War II he served in the RAF for five and a half years in the Western Desert and in the Italian Campaign. On being de-mobbed he took a ‘refresher course’ at the Royal College of Music and joined the LSO for the very first Promenade Concert after the War.

His life was dedicated to music, an inspirational teacher and an honourable Gentleman in the true sense of the word.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Pat, and his family and friends at this sad time.