Commemorative sculpture of Sir John Dankworth unveiled at The Stables


A commemorative sculpture of Sir John Dankworth, founder of The Stables Theatre, has been unveiled at the venue in Wavendon, Milton Keynes.

Cast in bronze and positioned at the main public entrance, the life-sized sculpture has been commissioned from the renowned Scottish sculptor David Annand by the trustees of Wavendon Allmusic Plan (WAP), the charitable trust which oversees the work of The Stables Theatre.

Stephen Clarke, Chairman of WAP, commented: “Sir John enjoyed a glittering career that spanned more than 50 years as performer, composer and conductor. His services to music earned him a CBE as well as a knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen. Together with his wife Dame Cleo Laine he established the trust 45 years ago with the vision of making all music genres accessible to all people.  That vision lives on and the current trustees hope that David Annand’s wonderful sculpture will serve as a fitting tribute to their legacy, as well as bringing much pleasure to all our visitors.”

Dame Cleo commented: “It’s fitting that John’s contribution to music and music education has been honoured by the charity we established 45 years ago.”

Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd (WAP Ltd) is a registered charity founded in 1969 by world-renowned jazz musicians Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth. They developed The Stables Theatre in outbuildings at their home in Wavendon, Milton Keynes, as a venue for concerts and education activities. The current Stables Theatre opened its doors in 2000. Education is central to WAP’s vision and encourages people of all ages, levels of ability and backgrounds to participate in music-making activities. The Stables Theatre holds National Portfolio Organisation status with Arts Council England.