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 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.
 The British and Irish Modern Music Institute and Guildford Academy of Contemporary Music