Obituary: Jack Maxwell JP (1925–2015)


The LSO was saddened to learn of the death of Jack Maxwell last Sunday, 6 December 2015. Jack, together with his wife Pamela, had been a patron of the LSO since the early seventies.

Jack joined the LSO Advisory Council in 1971 and later became a Trustee. In the 1970s and 80s, Jack was Managing Director of the fashion chain, Richard Shops, and his business expertise found him serving as Financial Advisor to the LSO Board (in those days all members of the Orchestra). The bold advertising for Richard Shops appeared on the back cover of LSO programmes for many years!

In 1995 Jack and Pamela became Diamond Patrons of the LSO Millennium Fund and endowed the chair of the Principal Second Violin.

Jack was always concerned for the welfare of the players and to this end he founded the LSO Musicians Welfare Fund in 1977. On many occasions Jack and Pamela funded celebratory dinners for the members of the orchestra and administration which would never have taken place without their generosity: André Previn’s 10th Anniversary Dinner and the LSO's 75th, 90th and Centenary Dinners, to name a few.

In 2001 Jack stood down as a Trustee. To thank him for his support over so many years, the LSO appointed him an Honorary Member of the Orchestra.

He will be greatly missed and we send our deepest condolences to his widow, Pamela, at this very sad time.