Composed by
Grant Kirkhope
Arranged by
Jock McKenzie
£ 62.50 

Written for Charlie Vernon for premiere in March 2020 (postponed due to COVID). KirkVern is available for Solo Bass Trombone with Brass Band, Wind Band and Piano accompaniment

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Grant Kirkhope is a BAFTA nominated British composer who has created the soundtrack for video games that have sold in excess of 30 million copies. From “GoldenEye” to “Banjo-Kazooie”, “Viva Piñata” to “Donkey Kong”, “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” to “Civilization: Beyond Earth”, “Perfect Dark” to “Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse” and “Yooka Laylee” to “Dropzone”. He has also recently scored the feature film “The King’s Daughter” starring Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt and “The Wrong Rock” for Heromation. Grant’s score for “Viva Piñata” was nominated by BAFTA in the Original Score category in its 2007 awards. Grant has a degree in music from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he majored in classical trumpet and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. “After writing KirkFeld for Ian Bousfield and having Ian performing it at its premiere at the International Trombone Festival in 2017, little did I know that one Charles Vernon was sitting in the audience listening. I was so flattered that Charles contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in writing a piece for him too, of course I said yes! I was racking my brains trying to think of something to call it, no matter what I came up with the only thing that seemed to fit was my working title of KirkVern. So that’s what ended up being the title! Charles is such an amazing player and both of us love the music of John Williams so much that every time I sent him a new version the conversation would invariably turn to “what would John Williams do here!” It’s been an absolute pleasure writing this music for Charles, I hope you enjoy it”. Grant Kirkhope

“This is a wonderfully charismatic disc with playing of the highest quality. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

David Bremner
The Mouthpiece

“Another impressive offering then from Superbrass, and a worthy successor to their excellent debut disc”

Dr. Gavin Dixon

"Who but the best professionals could live up to this ?... Everything about this disc is to be recommended, the recording is crystal clear and the playing and arranging of the first water”

Dr. Paul Sarcich

"WOW !!!!! all of you should be locked up !!!! What great stuff - the compositions/arrangements, the playing (OUTRAGEOUS !!! ), everything is simply fantastic. (actually - i couldn't have expected anything less ! ) Many, many thanks to you and all for your superb contributions. yet again, you've managed to raise the bar! (an inch or two is ok but a few yards is really unfair !!!!!!!!!! )"

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist, Musical Director, BBC Big Band, President International Trombone Association and Professor Hanns Eisler College of Music, Berlin

“One of the finest brass ensemble recordings that has ever come my way.”

Rodney Newton
Composer, arranger and music journalist

The Brass Herald

Lyndon Chapman
“Simply some of the most exciting and triumphant brass playing I have ever heard!”
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