The Urban Vocal Group

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    Saturday, 3 March, 2012 - 17:48

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The Urban Vocal Group ventured out of their rehearsal room onto the streets of Portsmouth to record their first music promo video. 

The backing track vocalist VS the instrumental vocalist. Who are they, where have they come from, what are the differences, why do they choose to use tracks, are they less of a musician? UVG’s Musical Director Amba Tremain discusses this touchy issue.

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at the annual Shaping Portsmouth Conference on the theme of ‘Inspiring The Next Generation’

Victoria Edwards is a young woman who has been singing with The Urban Vocal Group since 2011, shortly after suffering a brain haemorrhage. As part of her Gold Arts Award accreditation she chose to host a symposium to discuss and explore the barriers and perceptions regarding young people identified as having SEN/D accessing mainstream arts provision

Event type: 
Networking, Other

The Urban Vocal Group staged its first Artist development showcase concert featuring 6 young artists aged 15 – 18 performing original tracks co-written with local musicians

Singers from The Urban Vocal Group take part in cultural exchange trip to France. 

On Monday 27th March 2017 the Musical Director, Amba Tremain, ran a Music Leader workshop for staff and volunteers from The Urban Vocal Group. The workshop covered many important topics involved with running a music session with young people; the room was full with potential tutors, volunteers and current UVG staff members. 

The Urban Vocal Group and Music Fusion joined forces at The Spring Arts Centre on Tuesday 20th September to present DEBUT; an evening of original music written by young people aged 11 – 18. 

The Urban Vocal Group (UVG) are an award winning charity who use music making to enhance the life chances of young people aged 11 - 18 regardless of ability or personal circumstances. We specialise in group vocals, song writing, recording and performance and also offer industry training, work experience and artist development opportunities to young adults aged 16 – 21. The UVG work in some of the most deprived areas of South Hampshire where there are limited opportunities available for young people to access music making and by remaining free of charge we have the opportunity to tap into talent that may otherwise be overlooked. Since forming in 2008 we have engaged 420 young people in over 16,000 music making opportunities and have an average of 70 young people attending weekly sessions in Portsmouth and Havant. The groups have also performed over 100 times at festivals and events across South Hampshire, released 2 group EP’s and 16 original compositions on digital platforms. 

In 2013 they expanded their activities to include training in other areas of the music industry including live sound, home recording, music leading and event management. In 2016 they piloted ‘Breaking Through’, an artist development programme which saw 6 young musicians aged 15 - 18 record and release 6 new tracks in collaboration with 6 professional musicians. They also attended masterclasses covering the commercial side of the music industry and since completing the programme all of the artists involved are writing independently and performing regularly in the local area.

We deliver Arts Award, volunteering and work experience which have had a positive impact on the overall education and employment prospects of our young people. 6 singers have been accepted into leading contemporary music colleges BIMM[1] and ACM. We have recruited 3 apprentices and 2 young music leaders from within the group. In 2017 the charity received the Shaping Portsmouth’s Cultural Partnership award in recognition of its work with young people in the City.



Several members (current and previous) have gone on to study music at college, join local bands or have embarked on careers as semi-professional musicians. Our outcomes over the last 10 years suggest that by engaging in music making activities young people develop skills that  are essential to their transition into college, university and the workplace in addition to improving their confidence and overall wellbeing. 

Musical Director Amba Tremain is a successful singer / recording artist with 20 years’ experience in the music industry, working with artists including Newton Faulkner, Ella Henderson and Boy George. Amba has extensive experience of both the creative and commercial aspects of the music industry.

Director, Charlie Fletcher is an experienced musician, teacher and arts professional who before moving into the arts he had a successful career in business and IT. He formed The UVG in 2008 and has taken the organisation from its small beginnings to what is now a major music charity who are making a significant impact on the musical profile of the Portsmouth area. Charlie is also member of Portsmouth’s Cultural Partnership and sits on its artist development sub- committee. In 2013 he was invited to Buckingham Palace in recognition of his work with the charity.

[1]  The British and Irish Modern Music Institute and Guildford Academy of Contemporary Music 





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