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Mnozil Brass - a double header in Birmingham

Thursday 23 February, 2017

With its outstanding musical virtuosity mixed with its unique blend of comedy, the world-renowned ensemble Mnozil Brass has been described as a cross between Mr Bean and the Monty Python of the brass world. The good news for music lovers in the Midlands is that the Austrian group, which has captivated audiences throughout the UK on its previous visits, will be performing in Birmingham on Saturday 6 May.

Birmingham Town Hall will be the venue at 2.30pm for The Mnozil Brass Family Show - a special one hour family concert at the Town Hall guaranteed to leave young and old enthralled!

A spokesperson for Birmingham Town Hall told BB: “Mnozil Brass’s range of instruments is impressive and so is the group’s a cappella singing and dead pan humour. Slapstick and surreal comedy is central to the musicians’ presentation. They jump (sometimes literally) between Michael Jackson, Eric Satie, Schubert and Weather Report. It is a totally unique brand of musical theatre. A fusion of musical excellence, immaculately honed visual comedy and vocal dexterity, with a hefty dose of sheer athleticism on trombone, tuba and trumpet thrown in. This septet from Vienna is probably the strangest brass ensemble ever.”

At 7.30pm, the Town Hall will host Mnozil Brass - Cirque, in which the group will be plumbing the depths of their instruments to entertain. Entering the ring to combat the monkey business of daily life with music and humour, transforming the stage into a musical flea circus, Mnozil’s members - Thomas Gansch, Robert Rother, Roman Rindberger, Leonhard Paul, Gerhard Füssl, Zoltan Kiss and Albert Wiederare - are decisive and strong believers that the earth is round, and assiduously go out of their way, travelling the globe on a mission and with the firm intention of bringing their Elysian style of music and laughter to the rest of the world.

Both shows are firmly in the category of ‘not-to-be-missed’ and tickets (£18.00 for the Family Show and £28.00 for Cirque) can be purchased from the THSH Box Office on 0121 780 3333, www.thsh.co.uk or follow the link on the BB website at