Ensemble of the Golden Bough

The Ensemble of The Golden Bough is focused on documenting the nation’s unique tradition of brass playing, folk song and classical music. Based in London and made up of some of the most highly regarded brass musicians in the country, it will release its highly anticipated debut album and concert video ‘British Folk Music for Brass Ensemble: The Land Without Music Vol. 1’ in the Summer of 2021.

The LP presents works by Percy Grainger, John Foulds and Frank Bridge newly arranged for brass quintet as well as new commissions from Ryan Linham, Jonathan Heeley, and Rory Simmons. Philip Cobb, Principal Trumpet of the BBC Symphony and former Principal Trumpet of The London Symphony Orchestra, joins the ensemble as a guest soloist performing works by Benjamin Britten as well as new commissions for trumpet trio.

Ensemble of the Golden Bough Closeup
Ensemble of the Golden Bough


Christopher Barrett

Artistic Director / Tuba
Christopher Barrett is a tuba player, producer, and record label owner. He is active as a freelance musician, producer, and teacher in London, playing in a variety of both classical and non-classical contexts...(Read more)

Ryan Linham

Trumpet / Resident Composer
Ryan Linham graduated in 2014 with First Class Honours as a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, London. He was appointed the trumpet position in the New European Ensemble (Den Haag) that year, and has... (Read more)

Sam Kinrade

Originally from the Isle of Man, Sam Kinrade now lives in Banbury and enjoys a varied freelance career as a trumpet player and educator. He regularly performs with some of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras and... (Read more)

Phillippa Slack

French Horn
Phillippa started her undergraduate studies in 2006 at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she gained a Bachelor of Music with Honours. Whilst at the RNCM, she was awarded a distinction for her Licentiate of the Royal... (Read more)

Rory Cartmell

Trombone / Euphonium
Rory Cartmell is a trombone and euphonium player from Northamptonshire. Inspired by his father, a keen amateur trombonist, he began playing the euphonium in brass bands. During his time at school he studied with...(Read more)

Ensemble of the Golden Bough Group Photo
Ensemble of the Golden Bough