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Sound of brass to help keep shoppers warm in Brass Monkey weather

There will be the sound of brass helping shoppers spend their brass in Oldham this weekend — led by Cory and some funky, groovy ensembles.

  Global Grooves Brass will be one of the attractions this weekend in Oldham

Oldham's annual brass extravaganza 'Brass Monkeys' is back this weekend, with plenty of special guests making the early Christmas shopping experience much more musical fun.

The town centre will come alive with the sound of brass music played at three locations — Parliament Square, Oldham Parish Church and High Street between 11.00am and 4.00pm.

Funky sounds

Heading the fun will be Cory, as the number 1 ranked band in the world makes the trip up from Wales to perform in the festival event alongside the funky sounds of Back Chat Brass and Global Grooves Brass (above) together with special collaborations from Bollywood Brass Band and the Middleton Youth Band.

Additional performances will be heard from strong local representatives such as Boarshurst, Dobcross Brass Monkeys and Tame Valley Brass, plus Oldham Music Service. Children can also monkey around with fun arts and crafts from Oldham Play Action Group throughout the day.

Oldham has a very strong bond with brass music and the sounds of bands playing will help to get people in the Christmas spirit as they shop for presentsCouncillor, Jean Stretton

Popular event

Councillor, Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, told 4BR: "Brass Monkeys has proved to be a very popular event in previous years and it is making a welcome return this Christmas.

Oldham has a very strong bond with brass music and the sounds of bands playing will help to get people in the Christmas spirit as they shop for presents."


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