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.

Louise Beale

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

Sallyann Ford

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

James Fletcher

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

Chris Leedham

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

Raphaëlle Purdham-Cook

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