Supermarket shoppers enjoy a touch of brass

The band plays on: Members of the S13 Brass Ensemble in the foyer at the Asda supermarket in Handsworth.            Picture: Peter Wolstenholme.

The band plays on: Members of the S13 Brass Ensemble in the foyer at the Asda supermarket in Handsworth. Picture: Peter Wolstenholme.

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SHOPPERS enjoyed a touch of brass as they browsed the aisles at a Sheffield supermarket when a city ensemble paid a visit.

The S13 Brass Ensemble gathered in the foyer at the Asda store in Handsworth, playing a selection of traditional tunes for passers-by.

The band, which practises in Handsworth, also collected plenty of donations from shoppers.

The ensemble was formed in 1981 by founder and conductor Norman Cawkwell, and plays a number of different styles from hymns to classical brass music and versions of chart hits.

Members’ ages range from eight to 80 years old, and the group also has facilities to teach youngsters aged nine and upwards.

The band teams up with a German group every four years and also plays at weddings, birthday parties and military events.