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BBC Music Day awards Blue Plaque to The Stables

Friday 16 June 2017

As part of BBC Music Day 2017 The Stables has been awarded an historic Blue Plaque in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the UK’s musical landscape.

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.

 Across the UK 47 historic Blue Plaques were unveiled celebrating iconic musicians and venues.

(from left): Alec Dankworth, son of Sir John and Dame Cleo; Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of The Stables; Alex Ridout and Jim Rice, Chair of Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd

Photography by Karen Kodesh