Breaking Through Masterclass

Following UVG’s successful Breaking Through artist development project, we are planning a further series of workshops and training days for local musicians in partnership with Portsmouth Guildhall.

Our first training day will be on Saturday 7th March and will consist of three masterclasses focusing on writing lyrics, melody and first steps in arranging original music.

We are targeting this training towards young musicians 13+, who are looking to further their musical knowledge before entering college and also older musicians up to the age of 25 who haven’t had the opportunity to develop their skills at college.

These workshops will be delivered by two of Portsmouth's top musicians Amba Tremain and Robbie Dwyer.

Amba Tremain is a contemporary singer, songwriter, musician and vocal coach. She has worked with many high profile artists including Boy George, Newton Faulkner, Ella Henderson and Roachford. She’s also been awarded a gold disc by the BPI for her contribution to the album ‘Somewhere’ by the late Eva Cassidy. Amba and her band, ‘Blame Jones’ have nearly 300,000 monthly listeners across streaming platforms. She’s featured on over 90,000 worldwide playlists and is also a prolific soul session vocalist and keyboard player and recently releasr her debut solo single 'More Than My Mistakes'. Her other roles have included Musical Director of The Urban Vocal Group, Director of it's ‘Breaking Through’ Artist Development Programme and she is currently Head of Vocals at Waterbear College of Music in Brighton.

Robbie Dwyer is singer/songwriter, guitarist, engineer and tutor who has been working in the music industry for 25 years. A graduate of Guilford ACM after studying on the HND, Robbie continued at the college for another 2 years and was part of their inaugural degree programme. Robbie has worked with producer Aron Friedman as part of the team that worked on the BBC’s Fame Academy. As guitarist for local soul band ‘Big Brother Soul’, he supported James Brown. Robbie has been teaching Music Production at Chichester College for 15 years and has recently begun working at Winchester University on their BA (Hons) in Popular Music course. He has also written a Free e-book '7 Steps to get GREAT Home Recordings' and continues to work locally in several bands and on a range of musical projects.