Brackenbury studied violin and piano classically at music school, diversifying into jazz, folk, rock and improvisation at Brunel University. Whilst there she played in the Irish folk band Slainte and with Hot Club bands. Going on to study violin making at Merton College and with luthier John Langstaffe she made the violin she now plays on. She completed a Pg dip in Jazz Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2014 then played and sang with alto sax player Martin Speake in his band Mafarowi, with guitarist Rob Luft and drummer Will Glaser. The two recorded an improvised album 'Zephyr' in 2016. Her 'KnifeAngel Suite' sextet ep was released in 2019, in response to the Knife Angel sculpture by Alfie Bradley, and the rising rate of knife crime in the UK .
2020 brought about an ongoing collaboration with avant garde free jazz drummer Tony Bianco. brackenburybianco.com Their album 'Rising Up' (Discus) was released July 2021. Their soon to be released album 'Wayward Mystic' is based on the music of Hildegard von Bingen.
Alfie Bradley's KnifeAngel sculpture started touring UK cities in 2019. The KnifeAngel suite was inspired by this awesome sculpture and feat of craftsmanship that brings awareness to the issues surrounding knife crime and violence in the UK.
duo with Martin Speake
Duo with multi-instrumentalist John Neilson.'Crossings' 2018
Recording and performing with neo-classical Indie composer Tiny Leaves since 2013.
'Notes On Belonging' 2019. 'Alone, not Alone' 2020