The Stables turns 50 in 2020. Founded in 1969 as a Charity by jazz legends Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, The Stables opened its doors for its first concert on 6 February 1970.
Since then it has gone on to become one of the best loved music venues in the country. Today it presents over 400 gigs a year and over 200 learning & participation sessions and it produces the award-winning biennial IF: Milton Keynes International Festival which it founded in 2010.
However, in 2019 The Stables was hit with significant costs for expert noise and legal advice in a battle to protect its future from new housing developments being planned right on its boundary. Since April our costs have amounted to in excess of £60,000 with total expenditure on planning consultations exceeding £100,000.
Thanks to the support of thousands of individuals and expert advice from noise consultants and specialist lawyers, conditions were applied to the planning permission to protect The Stables from private noise nuisance complaints. Sadly, the developers are now seeking to overturn those conditions and further legal costs will be incurred as we continue to make the case for the protection needed to safeguard The Stables future. For a full update see The Stables website
Fortunately, The Stables was able to draw on reserves to fund its legal fees to this point, but now we need your help. Every penny spent on planning matters is a penny we cannot spend on developing the musicians of the future through our learning & participation and emerging artists programmes. It means we have less to invest in artistic projects such as IF: Milton Keynes International Festival or in maintaining and running The Stables venue.
We hold The Stables in trust for future generations. You can help secure our future plans with a donation this January.
In the meantime, we wish you a Happy New Year.