AUSTRIAN brass band sensation Mnozil are heading for the Colne Valley.
They come with no music and no conductor – just huge amounts of talent, fun and fantastic showmanship.
Mnozil will play a sell-out show at the Uppermill Civic Hall on April 18, hosted by Diggle Brass Band.
Tickets flew out so fast that Diggle Brass Band founder – and soprano cornet player – Brian Taylor had to book another date for the Austrian visitors.
They will also perform on April 17 at Marsden Mechanics Hall from 7.45pm.
Mr Taylor said: “This group is a must for all brass players. They play the whole concert with no music or conductor. If all goes well, I am looking to bring them to Huddersfield Town Hall next year.”
Mnozil Brass are Thomas Gansch, Robert Rother, Roman Rindberger, Hungarian tenor trombone player Zoltan Kiss, French horn player Leonhard Paul, trombone player Gerhard Füssl and tuba player Wilfried Brandstötter.
They are mainly multi-instrumentalists, between them covering everything from trumpet to flugelhorn, Viennese horn, trombone, tuba and venturing into other disciplines – woodwind with saxophones, clarinet and percussion with bongos, castanets, drums and even a xylophone.
It is useful that playing comes as second nature to them, as remembering the music is a feat in itself.
Roman has the quickest memory of the group – he received the sheet music for latest show SEVEN at lunchtime on the day of the first performance and, by the evening, was able to play the whole set from memory.
Mnozil say their current show SEVEN, deals with ‘all relevant questions of life’. Ambitious stuff for a brass concert.
The group formed in 1992, in Vienna, performing only at Josef Mnozil’s tavern in the city.
But their popularity grew and they are now so well-known in concert circles that they hold more than 120 concerts a year around the world.
They like to mix different brass styles to create a set that offers something to people from all walks of life, from the classically minded to those who just want to be entertained.
Tickets for the April 17 show are available from Marsden Mechanics Hall on 01484 844587 or 01457 873937, priced at £20 each.