Grant will help more youngsters sing out

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A CHARITY that provides free music tuition to young people has been given a grant to set up new groups in Portsmouth and Chichester.

The Urban Vocal Group offers youngsters aged 11 to 18 a safe place to learn vocals, write songs and the production side of music.

It was set up in Havant by Charlie Fletcher and has nurtured the talents of hundreds of performers.

The National Foundation of Youth Music has now given the charity £53,600 to set up the new groups.

Mr Fletcher said: ‘This is fantastic news for the group and testament to the hard work and dedication of those involved.

‘Every week I walk out of rehearsals stunned by the amazing talent of our singers and in awe of the work that our tutors and volunteers do.’

He added: ‘It is such an exciting time for us and we are so thrilled that we can open up to more young musicians, bringing them out of the bedroom into an environment where they can receive professional tuition and make music.’

Go to theuvg.co.uk.