As part of BBC Music Day 2017 The Stables in Milton Keynes has been awarded a historic Blue Plaque in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the UK’s musical landscape.
Founded in 1970 by the world-renowned jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, The Stables has become one of the country’s most popular and successful music venues, presenting a wide-ranging programme of more than 400 concerts annually and attracting audiences of over 100,000.
It also offers a year-round programme of workshops and courses, offering opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn new skills.
Commenting on the award, Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of The Stables said: “It's a real honour for The Stables to be recognised with this award.
"Not only is it a testament to the founding vision of Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine and but also a great tribute to the hard work of our staff and volunteers over many years.
"Their efforts continue to ensure we can offer a world-class programme of concerts and music-making opportunities to enthusiastic and increased audiences. Thanks must also go to all our visiting bands and artists, our audiences and all of our partners, including Arts Council England.”
The plaque was unveiled by Alex Ridout, the 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year. Alex has previously taken part in workshops and courses at The Stables and also performed with her band at the venue last year.
Pic: Karen Kodish
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