Business Networking 25 April 2022

Ely Cathedral Business Group's business networking series at Ely's Poets House continues on Monday 25 April at the earlier time of 5.30pm.

We’re delighted to be joined by Chris Parsons as our guest speaker. Chris is a local trumpeter, conductor, and was last year appointed as the chair and artistic director of Ely Arts Festival.

This event is free to attend, and all are welcome. A defining characteristic of Ely Cathedral Business Group is our commitment to make all events and services accessible for all, so that ability to pay is no barrier to participation. We are run by a voluntary committee and rely on the generosity of individuals and support from local businesses to meet our costs. Please consider making a donation when booking your place through our website or the Eventbrite page.

Ely Arts Festival aims to provide a fun, creative and diverse programme of cultural events and activities in Ely and the surrounding villages. It brings together events that are specially developed by the Festival Committee and opportunities that are created by groups, organisations and individuals who want to share their arts and cultural activities and talents with the wider community.

Chris Parsons read Music at the University of York before completing a Masters in Historical Performance Practice at the Royal College of Music in 2014. As a Trumpeter, he has performed across the UK and Europe, both as a soloist and as an orchestra player, including with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, International Baroque Players, Les Violons du Roy and Oxford Baroque. As a modern trumpet player, he has appeared with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Ukrainian National Opera (UK Tour). Chris has performed in prestigious venues and festivals such as St John’s Smith Square, London and the Palace of Versailles. He performed as part of the BBC Proms live on BBC Radio 3 and as an orchestral trumpeter in the London Handel Festival.

He is passionate about community music and directs a number of community based ensembles. These include Bury St Edmunds Friendly Orchestra, Thetford Singers and Newmarket Chamber Orchestra. A career highlight to date was conducting ‘A Night at the Movies’ in Ely Cathedral in July 2019 which featured over 200 primary school children singing with an accompanying orchestra of over 60 musicians. Chris was appointed as chair and artistic director of Ely Arts Festival in 2020.