The Urban Vocal Group (UVG) is a multi-award-winning charity that uses singing as a gateway to further participation in music.

In April 2021, UVG became part of The Guildhall Trust with the aim of increasing opportunities for young people to engage in singing and music-making, to develop transferable skills and to nurture positive health and wellbeing.

Since forming in 2008, UVG has provided over 18,000 free creative opportunities across a range of activities from weekly singing groups, gigs, recordings and performances (including at Victorious Festival) to training, masterclasses, songwriting, mentoring and artist development.

If you are 10-18 years old with an enthusiasm for singing and a desire to have fun it is FREE to join UVG!

  • Sing for fun!
  • Relieve Stress
  • Make New Friends

Visit the UVG website to find out more about UVG groups and projects in your area


Award-Winning FREE Vocal Groups for Ages 10-18

Bedhampton Community Centre, Mondays 6-7.30pm

Portsmouth Guildhall, Wednesdays 6-7.30pm.


Check out UVG on Soundcloud and Youtube, or check out UVG’s album on Spotify below!


Award-Winning Vocal Groups for Over 18s

Havant Methodist Church, Thursdays 7.30-9pm.

New groups coming soon! Visit the UVG website to find out more!

If you would like a UVG Group in your area, get in touch and let us know!

Developing Skills

As well as developing excellent music-making skills we also provide a platform where young people have the opportunity to gain 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 that makes what we do unique. The UVG stands as a benchmark model for participation in youth arts, providing a safe, friendly, nonjudgmental environment that builds bridges, enhances life chances, reduces exclusion, and brings people together.

Here are just some of the things UVG provides:

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.


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.


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 30 young musicians to write, record, release and promote their own music.


The UVG regularly provides opportunities for its young singers to record new arrangements and original compositions. The aim is to give them the 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’!


“The charity or UVG family as it’s known from the inside, has provided our boy’s & many more young people with a lifeline in difficult times. A place they can be themselves & so much opportunity to grow as people and as artists!”

Parent of UVG singer

“Just got in from the second UVG session at the Guildhall it was great everyone is so welcoming and cheery and Happy !! Can’t wait to go back”

UVG Singer

“My Daughter began to be bullied in Year 6 however she took this all in her stride and was able to talk openly and confidentially with adults about this. I believe that this is, in part, down to UVG and the confidence and maturity she has gained”

Parent of UVG singer

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