Obituary: Sir Robert Finch (1944–2016)


The LSO was sad to hear of the death of Sir Robert Finch on Thursday 31 March 2016. Sir Robert was a long-time supporter of the Orchestra, and was awarded an Honorary Membership in 2004 in recognition of his significant contribution to the LSO.

Sir Robert had a distinguished career at the law firm Linklaters for 40 years, alongside which he was active in the City of London as an Alderman. In 2003/04 when he was created Lord Mayor he selected the LSO as the beneficiary of his Appeal, setting a new benchmark in fundraising for the LSO, in recognition of which he was given honorary membership. Sir Robert remained closely involved in the development of LSO St Luke’s and LSO Discovery, and more recently in the Moving Music campaign.

He was a force of nature, a man of energy and vitality who will be hugely missed. Our thoughts are with his widow Patricia and their daughters.