Grant Kirkhope


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Grant Kirkhope's video game score goes up 37 places this year

Yorkshire-born, BAFTA nominated composer Grant Kirkhope studied classical trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music before playing in rock bands. He has created the music for several multi-million selling video games, including GoldenEye. The Banjo-Kazooie franchise began in 1998 but we feature music from the latest in the series, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. With the game featuring the ability to build your own vehicles amidst the jumping and puzzle-solving, Kirkhope's score is as jaunty and quirky as the misshapen means of transport to be constructed. Surprising, upbeat and definitely tongue-in-cheek, the Banjo-Kazooie series remains many gamers introduction to Kirkhope — a fanbase that is as strong today as ever.