Honorary President: Alison Balsom OBE

We are extremely fortunate to have the world-renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom as our Honorary President. Alison was born and grew up in Royston though no longer lives in the town. She is not actively involved in the day-to-day running of the festival but supports it whenever she can. She was a star attraction at the 2014 festival; presented at the 2016 Finale Concert, and performed at St Mary’s Church, Ashwell, in 2019 with her Balsom Ensemble to raise more than £2,300 for the refurbishment of St John’s Parish Church, Royston. 

Three times Classic Brit winner, her career has been phenomenal. Playing with the world’s best orchestras, she is regularly the soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and events such as the Last Night of the Proms. Find out more on Alison’s website by clicking here.

Creative Royston Management Committee (CRMC)

Our management committee are all volunteers who give freely of their services and are committed to celebrate and encourage local creativity all year round as well as staging the annual Royston Arts Festival. Three office-holders for the committee (Chair, Vice-Chair & Treasurer) for 2023 were elected at the AGM on Tuesday 17th January and there were no candidates for the remaining post of Secretary. The composition of the present committee is as follows:-

Chair & Website Administrator: Carl Filby

Vice-Chair: Phil Oddy

Secretary: Vacant – please email correspondence to the Chair

Treasurer: Fran Foster

Community Liaison: Liz Cox

Marketing: Cath Boughton

Volunteer Coordinator: Ivana Kisegi

Town Council Rep:  Councillor Mary Antony (Royston Town Mayor)

Members: Kate Berry, Eleanor Cashman, Nicky Paton, James Watt & Laura Whitford

22 September to 1st October 2023