Ensemble of the Golden Bough

The Ensemble of The Golden Bough is documenting the nation’s unique tradition of brass playing, folk song and classical music through live performance, recordings, and concert video documentaries.

Based in London and founded in 2021 by some of the most highly regarded brass musicians in the country, the ensemble was immediately met with rave reviews and requests to perform around the world.

The highly anticipated debut album and concert video ‘British Folk Music for Brass Ensemble: The Land Without Music Vol. 1’ was released digitally in the Summer of 2021 and will be followed by a physical CD release in the Summer of 2022.

The album 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 Koushk-Jalali

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)

Artists in Residence

Mike Moor

Mike Moor graduated from the Cheltenham School of Art in 1989 and travelled widely before settling in West Yorkshire and completing an MA in Printmaking. As well as frequent exhibitions he has undertaken commissions including...(Read more)


Liliana Luongo

Liliana Luongo is a freelance clarinettist and designer based in London. She enjoys a diverse portfolio career as a teacher, solo and chamber musician as well as playing with orchestras including the New Sussex Opera, Goodensemble and....(Read more)

Composers in Residence

Jonathan Heeley

Jonathan Heeley is a Composer, Conductor and Bass Trombonist who has written extensively for the brass repertoire alongside chamber, solo, orchestral and commercial works. Having studied at Trinity Laban where he was awarded...(Read more)

Rory Simmons

Rory Simmons

Rory Simmons has released 2 albums with his trio Monocled Man, 3 albums and one EP with his large ensemble Fringe Magnetic and 2 albums with Anglo-Norwegian band Eyes Of A Blue Dog. He has been featured on Jazz on 3, been commissioned by...(Read more)