Charlie Fletcher is an experienced musician, teacher and arts professional who has taught in both formal and informal education settings. Before moving into the arts he had a successful career in business and IT. He has worked with 1000’s of young people and adults across Hampshire on a range of arts activities and delivered workshops across a range of disciplines from music to IT to curation. In 2007 Charlie became Mestre for the newly formed Big Noise Community Samba Band and also completed his Post Graduate course in World Music Studies ; spending time in The Gambia conducting fieldwork in local schools. In December 2007 Charlie and Amba founded the UVG with the aim of providing an opportunity for young people who had an interest in singing to come together and share their passion. 10 years on the UVG has expanded its activities and become one of the leading music charities for young people in the Portsmouth area.
Amba Tremain is The UVG’s Musical Director. A professional musician, session singer, songwriter and band leader who has been performing since the age of 5. She trained at Tring Park Performing Arts school in Hertfordshire and has been working in the performing arts and music industry ever since. A versatile vocalist, she is capable of many different vocal styles and genres and brings together technical excellence and a vast range of industry experience. Her achievements include a gold disc for her backing vocals on Eva Cassidy’s 2008 album ‘Somewhere’ and providing backing vocals on the 2013 album ‘This is what I do’ by Boy George. Amba is also affiliated as a songwriter with Syco/Sony and Atlantic records working with artists including Ella Henderson, Newton Faulkner and Jerry Williams.
Sally Salmon joined The UVG in early 2008 initially as a volunteer and soon became our ‘Sing Safe’ tutor specialising in voice improvement and vocal safety. She has studied vocal technique for over 12 years with a great interest in voice protection and the rehabilitation of damaged voices. She has worked with bands, performance artists and young singers in preparation for gigging, recording and touring. In addition to her teaching Sally has been writing and singing as a lead vocalist for over 10 years in many genres ranging from classical to heavy metal. In 2011 she graduated from The University of Chichester with a BA (Hons) in Music with Instrumental and Vocal Teaching.
Leonie Tremain is a professional vocalist and session singer. Having been the lead singer of several high profiles bands from the age of 15 she has also been a session vocalist for artists such as Boy George and Eva Cassidy. Leonie is a prolific songwriter, having written songs for established artists as part of song-writing team ‘HALO’. She has been a featured vocalist on international dance releases and regularly performs across the UK as the lead singer of The Live Lounge Project. Leonie is both a technical singer and experienced live performer, able to sing in a whole range of styles.
Lauren Spicermoore is the Operations Coordinator for The Urban Vocal Group. She was first introduced to the group in 2014 and joined as a singer. Since then, Lauren has performed over 30 times with the group and has developed a passion for singing and a strong interest in the running of the charity. In 2015, Lauren was offered an apprenticeship in Business and Administration and spent a year learning everything involved with running a charity. Lauren has since progressed to her current job role and is continuing to develop her knowledge on Fundraising and general running of a successful charity.
Olivia Haggarty is the new Community Arts Administration Apprentice for The Urban Vocal Group. She has been the longest member of The UVG and has performed over 90 times with the group. Olivia is a singer/song writer who (under the name ‘Livvy’) has recorded both original compositions and covers in professional studios. She has plenty of performing experience, ranging from solo slots at Victorious Festival to the Grand Final of national singing competition Teen Star. Livvy is an up and coming young artist who loves performing but is also passionate about passing on her knowledge to others. In addition to her administration role Livvy also teaches group vocals and supports the Musical Director in the planning and preparation of sessions.
Faye Carpenter is the Sing Safe Assistant and tutor for The Urban Vocal Group, she has been with UVG for 7 years and has had a passion for singing since a young age; during her time with UVG, she has discovered a new strong love for teaching. Faye is one of the youngest people in the UK to achieve a Musical Theatre Diploma at the age of 15, she is currently using that prior knowledge to achieve a higher qualification with the London College of Music. Faye often performs at established music venues across Portsmouth and Havant and has recently recorded her original track in a professional studio.