Festival Committee

Ely Arts Festival is managed by a voluntary committee with a wealth of experience in developing cultural events and activities in Ely and beyond.

Babylon ARTS provide the 'secretariat' function for the committee, as well as contributing its expertise and resources to the festival management.

Chris Parsons
Chair & Artistic Director

Chris is a conductor, trumpeter and teacher. He is the director of Eboracum Baroque, a group of young professional singers and instrumentalists that specialise in the performance of Baroque music in a historically informed style and on period instruments.

Sharon Fox

Sharon is experienced in business development and currently works for Norfolk based accountancy firm Steve Pye & Co.

Louise Beale

Louise is a ceramic artist who specialises in 3D clay hand building techniques.

James Fletcher

James is an oboist, administrator and visiting lecturer in music and entrepreneurship at Anglia Ruskin University.

Sallyann Ford

Sallyann is an experienced concerts and event manager and is the former Sub-Sacrist of Ely Cathedral.

Chris Leedham

Chris is a composer, conductor and Box Office and Administration Officer at Babylon Arts.

Claire Somerville

Claire is the Chief Executive of Babylon Arts, a charity committed to inspiring, developing and delivering quality arts events and activities to engage communities across rural Cambridgeshire.

Raphaëlle Purdham-Cook

Raphaëlle is a French theatre maker, voice over actor and writer living in Ely with her young family.