The Urban Vocal Group

The Urban Vocal Group (UVG) are a free to access charity who use music making to enhance the life chances of young people living in marginalised or disadvantaged areas. We specialise in group vocals, composition, performing, instrument tuition and recording. We deliver free workshops, weekly sessions and training opportunities for young people aged 11 – 18 in South Hampshire regardless of experience, ability or personal circumstance.
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The UVG work in some of the most deprived areas in Hampshire and our young people come from a range of social and economic backgrounds. We are also very successful in attracting participants from outside of these areas and this encourages integration and social cohesion. Some of our participants also have additional physical, emotional, social or learning support needs and we are very proud of our accessibility.

As well as developing excellent music making skills we also provide a platform where young people have the opportunity to gain transferable and valuable life skills. There are few youth music projects in the country where you will find such a diverse group of young people working together to achieve something which is truly greater than the sum of its parts. It is this integration and culture of acceptance which makes what we do unique. The UVG stands as a benchmark model for participation in youth arts, providing a safe, friendly, non judgmental environment which builds bridges, enhances life chances, reduces exclusion and brings people together.


 

“UVG has helped me grow as a person, singer, musician and a performer. I have gained so much confidence, experience, opportunities and a family…” More Here

Weekly Sessions

Under the expert guidance of The UVG’s musical director, Amba Tremain, our tutors deliver a repertoire of multi part arrangements of contemporary tunes and classic pop songs. Singers are encouraged to find their own voice within the group resulting in a unique, modern sound unlike most traditional choirs.

Master Classes

The UVG offer multiple workshop opportunities and master classes covering a broad variety of arts and music industry subjects. Workshops include song writing, live sound essentials, vocal health and tutor master classes. We also invite feedback from all UVG members and create more learning opportunities based on what they would like to know more about. All our workshops are led by industry professionals as well as UVG staff and tutors.

Songwriting

Those who wish to develop their skills in songwriting have the opportunity to access professional tuition, giving them the tools and techniques to express themselves through song writing ; helping with literacy, confidence building and providing a platform for musical and personal progression.  

Training

The UVG provide training in all aspects of music performance including vocal technique, song writing, performance skills and instrument tuition. We also deliver professional development training to volunteers and new music leaders including lesson planning, workshop skills, behaviour management, First Aid and Self- employment. We are passionate about developing vocational skills across a range of subjects in our young people with the aim of creating the music professionals of tomorrow today.

Artist Development

Our Artist development activities support those young musicians who are keen to develop their talent and embark on careers in the music industry.  By delivering songwriting masterclasses, seminars with industry professionals, recording sessions and collaborations with established artists we have supported 12 young musicians to write, record, release and promote their own music.

Recording

The UVG regularly provides opportunities for its young singers to record new arrangements and original compositions. The aim is to give them experience of working with industry professionals and to equip them with the knowledge and skills required to work in a studio. We regularly invite our young singers to record in local studios both as part of the group and as individuals. We also offer advice and training on basic home recording software giving our young singers the skills to record their own ideas which can later be developed from ‘Demo to Disc’ at UVG sessions

Performance

We are passionate about providing hi profile performance opportunities for all of our singers and over the years have been privileged to appear at some of the largest events and venues in the South Coast including Victorious Festival, The Wedgewood Rooms and The House of Commons. We also signpost our young people to solo performance opportunities in the local area such as open mics nights and local festivals with many now performing regularly.