Singing group joins Brit winners onstage

STAR PERFORMERS Urban Vocal Group onstage with Blake
STAR PERFORMERS Urban Vocal Group onstage with Blake
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IT WAS a night to remember when a vocal group performed with Brit award-winners Blake.

Members of Urban Vocal Group, which is based in Havant, got to sing on The Kings Theatre stage with harmony singers Blake.

The group, which is made up of 11 to 18-year-olds, performed four songs including Hallelujah, Up Where We Belong, Jerusalem and Nessum Dorma.

Charlie Fletcher, founder and group director, said: ‘The evening was phenomenal.

‘When they started singing, I started crying because I was just so proud of them.

‘It is such a different style of singing but they pulled it off.

‘It was so brilliant and the kids loved it.

‘It has helped raise the profile of the group and given the singers the chance to do something they might never get to do.’

Members of the group also expressed their excitement about performing with Blake.

Emily Bartlett, 15, said: ‘The night was amazing.

‘It was so much fun and I cannot thank The Kings and Blake enough for the awesome time we had.

‘From being someone who wasn’t keen on classical, I actually love it now.

‘All the girls had a good night.’

Members of the audience were made up of proud parents and Debra Weston, mum of Grace, 14, found the evening very emotional.

She said: ‘The group sounded amazing and they brought tears to my eyes too.

‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for our children.

‘Grace enjoyed the evening especially Nessum Dorma. Well done everyone.’

After the success of the evening, Sandra Smith, the PR manager for The Kings, thinks this is something which should happen more often.

She added: ‘It was an absolutely fantastic evening.

‘Urban Vocal Group came up trumps and they were so excited to meet and perform with Blake.

‘It would be great if more local singers could perform with big names as it is such a great opportunity for them.’