Flames Collective

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The Flames Collective is UD’s flagship programme, working with young people from inner-city secondary schools who demonstrate high potential when it comes to music.

Fast becoming the go-to vocal group to liven up a show or recording, Flames Collective have already collaborated with the likes of RAYE, Kojey Radical, Grace Carter, Jake Bugg, Debbie and more.

Born in 2016, from a series of songwriting camps, Flames now gives 30+ young people with singing talent, recruited via the schools projects, an entry into the world of the professional music industry.

Participants benefit from year-round weekly sessions and weekend or holiday camps offering expertise in vocal technique, songwriting, performance skills and the opportunity to record and perform at live gigs.

The regular rehearsals help mentors signpost candidates to more advanced creative programmes run by UD – check the Incubator Programme – which gives promising emerging artists tailored support.

Having recently performed with multi-award winner RAYE at the 2024 BRIT Awards and alongside The Heritage Orchestra for her sold-out O2 London show, garnering 5 star reviews across the board,  Flames Collective celebrated with the release of their singles, ‘FaceTime’ and ‘Stay’, laying the foundation for their forthcoming EP, coming in Spring 2024.

Follow Flames Collective on Spotify, Instagram and TikTok.

With an unparalleled track record of supporting Black and culturally diverse talent, we aim to support young people in what could be the beginning of their journey in music.

“They are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. Would love to see their next performance – they are so talented! WE ARE OBSESSED WITH THEM!”

Grace Ladoja, Founder, Metallic Inc.


We hold auditions every term.

To find out more information, refer a young person or express an interest in auditioning please email flames@udmusic.org

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