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  • Writer's pictureMike Douglas

UVG 10 Year Celebration

I had a lovely Sunday evening, I know, a Sunday! Like who goes out on a Sunday?!

This was a pretty cool occasion though. I got to see and join in the celebration as UVG (Urban Vocal Group) turned 10 years old, to the day!

I have written about UVG a few times. I have seen them at The Rifle Club, Southsea Bandstand, Victorious, the venue formerly known as Little Johnny Russell's and more I'm sure. They are an awesome group of people that combine a hobby, skill building and community.

UVG started out 10 years ago as an idea in the heads of Charlie and Amba. Now, well, heres their words...

"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 disadvantaged areas. We specialise in group vocals, composition, performing, recording and artist development. We deliver free workshops, weekly sessions and training opportunities to young people aged 11 – 18 in South Hampshire regardless of their experience, ability or personal circumstance."

"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."

There is also an adults group, which is fee paying. All funds raised are then put back into UVG, to keep it free to access for the 11-18s.

Sunday was a awesome celebration of all the work that the group does, including Charlie, Amba, the Mentors, Volunteers and everyone in the group.

As an attendee in the crowd at Portsmouth Guildhall, I was very proud of what this local group / charity has and continues to achieve. It was a great performance too. They are a social group, charity and group of performers Portsmouth, Havant and Hampshire should be very proud of.

If you want to find out more about UVG, their website is

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