B i o g r a p h y

Emma started to play the drums when she was 11. She initially trained in a marching band on the snare drum, before subsequently moving on to playing the full kit in bands and orchestras both in and outside of school.

After graduating from the University of Reading in Film and Drama, Emma began freelancing as an editor in post production for film and video. She was still making music but was instead, more focused on composition for short film and performance projects using sequencers.

"Emma Holbrook's gaining new recognition on the Bristol Jazz scene. She's been busily drumming behind an eclectic range of folk and groove projects for some time"
Bristol 24/7 Magazine


It wasn't until Emma moved to Bristol in 2014 that she began to pursue a new career exclusively in music. Shortly after arriving, she became the house drummer for the Leftbank jam band before going on to play in a multitude of ensembles throughout the City. Many of these she continues to play with today including THE WORLD GOVERNMENT, ATHEA with Paul Bradley, HEGEMONO, STARLINGS, RED ROOTS JAZZ, HENRY SLIM, RUBY TWO SHOES, PERISCOPE and more recently THE SOUNDS OF URSA fronted by Helen Stanley of Crippled Black Phoenix.

"The rhythm section of Emma Holbrook (drums) and Jo Wadeson (bass) were amazingly tight, holding everything together through free jazz to a march as the song drew to a staggering close."

Newbury Today

Emma is also a percussionist and regularly plays the cajon, bodhran and frame drum for folk projects as well as contemporary dance. She has worked with a vast range of international choreographers and dancers including Glenn Wilkinson, Bartek Woszczynski, Bawren Tavaziva, Anna Watkins, Ben Dunks and Charlotte Eatock.

in 2018 Emma joined Paul James's new project 'PAUL JAMES AND THE DROWNED LOVERS' who are just about to go into production rehearsals in January 2020 for their spring tour across the UK. 

Emma is a member of the Musician's Union.

ABOVE: Emma recording at the former Toybox studios, St Pauls, Bristol.
BELOW: Emma's interview on Dave Collingwood's Cymbal Podcast.