Sir John Dankworth statue unveiled by widow Dame Cleo Laine

Dame Cleo Laine with a commemorative sculpture of her late husband Sir John Dankworth, founder of The Stables Theatre.
Dame Cleo Laine with a commemorative sculpture of her late husband Sir John Dankworth, founder of The Stables Theatre.

A commemorative sculpture of Sir John Dankworth, founder of The Stables Theatre, has been unveiled by his wife Dame Cleo Laine.

Cast in bronze and positioned at the main public entrance of the venue in Wavendon, the life-sized sculpture was 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.

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

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 teir legacy, as well as bringing much pleasure to all our visitors.”