Shrinking Violets

Jock McKenzie
£ 16.50 

I wrote this piece in response to seeing a video clip of a couple trying to cope with the perils of a fairground ‘white knuckle ride’. J.M.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit




I wrote this piece in response to seeing a video clip of a couple trying to cope with the perils of a fairground ‘white knuckle ride’. There was, at that time some faux bravado and even a brief elation, but in the main they were some what petrified – completely failing to live up to the inflated hype and nonchalance that they had portrayed prior to embarking on this misadventure. Speed, gradient, gravity and distance from the ground all got the better of them – messy… J.M.

Jock McKenzie studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he was a joint recipient of the college’s concerto prize. Since 1987 Jock has based his musical career in Hampshire, working as a freelance trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and brass teacher. Currently Jock holds the position of Professional Leader (Brass) for Hampshire Music Service and is the Director of the Hampshire County Youth Band. It is the mix of all of these musical roles that has led to Jock establishing a reputation as a leading creator of brass music resources, particularly in the field of education and brass ensemble music.

“The end result, is a resounding success. This is not a commercial CD, this is education, passion and self belief written in the sleeve notes”

Richard Walker
British Trombone Society

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

Dr. Gavin Dixon

“Every now and again a recording that is both truly outstanding and will have great appeal to brass band listeners appears on the shelves. We are delighted to make it the first recipient of our CD of the Year Editors Award.”

Kenneth Crookston
British Bandsman

“All cleverly arranged and beautifully played, with excellent sonics.”

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition

“Many recordings over the last few decades have demonstrated the superb quality of British brass playing; 'Under the Spell of Spain' will rightfully take its place among them.”

Paul Sarcich

The Brass Herald

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