Collabro are the world’s most successful Musical Theatre group. In 2014 they met for their first rehearsal above a pub in London and just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of ‘Stars’ for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.
Having triumphed in their Semi-Final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever. This subsequently led to them joining Simon Cowell’s label Syco, and hence becoming label-mates with the likes of One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle and Il Divo.
In the three years since the competition, Collabro have released a Number 1 debut album “Stars”, followed by “Act Two” which peaked at Number 2 in the charts in the summer of 2015. They have performed at the Royal Variety Performance; twice on Britain’s Got Talent (most recently the 10-year Grand Final compilation of past contestants – having been voted ‘The Nation’s Favourite BGT Winner’ in a national poll) and are now enormously successful internationally. Notably, they have performed for over 30 million people in Japan on Music Station on two separate occasions – receiving a Gold Disc for Best International Artist alongside Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor. They have also completed two tours of America and signed a major US record deal.
Collabro were originally Jamie Lambert, Michael Auger, Matthew Pagan, Thomas Redgrave and Richard Hadfield. In 2016 Hadfield announced he was to leave the band in pursuit of other projects and his other band mates wished him well.
Since then, Collabro – now Matt, Tom, Jamie and Michael – have already performed to 7 million people on Soccer Aid 2016 to critical praise and garnered excellent press reviews for their first performance as a four piece. Currently, the band are planning their forthcoming tours of Canada, Japan and America having recently performed at the 2016 BBC Proms in the Park.
March 2017 sees the release of their highly anticipated third studio album -‘Home’- a collection of stage classics, fan favourites and also their first original song ‘Lighthouse’. This new record is receiving exceptional critical reviews and further affirms Collabro’s position as the most successful Musical Theatre recording group in the world.
Jamie first took to the stage at the young age of 13, playing Marius in a School Edition of ‘Les Miserables’. Later roles included Harold Bride in ‘Titanic’ and Mr Bumble in ‘Oliver!’ He then moved on to win 3 national singing competitions and began to train classically. Having achieved one of the highest marks in the country for his Grade 8 singing examinations Jamie went on to compete in several regional and national competitions, winning prestigious titles for so young an age. He also used his voice to raise money to visit Tanzania and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – his efforts contributing to the renovation of a local village school.
After spending five years gigging and competing, Jamie decided to pursue academic interests and studied Spanish at the University of Leeds – this included spending a year as a primary school teacher in Madrid. During this time he continued his vocal training at the Opera House in Madrid with various esteemed teachers. After his year abroad Jamie returned to Leeds and, during his final year, joined a Big Band as a vocalist. They recorded an album and went on a tour of France.
Graduating University with an Honours degree, Jamie decided to pursue his love of Musical Theatre and moved to London where he auditioned for West End roles and trained as a vocal coach. Then, he found Collabro and the rest is history!
He can’t believe how lucky he is and remembers the days when he, his Mum and his sister would travel the country to gigs with his small speaker system in the back of his Mum’s car.
Jamie’s favourite colour is burgundy. His favourite hobbies are gardening, cooking, enjoying good wine and playing Xbox – and his favourite song in the world is ‘Nightswimming’ by R.E.M – he can often be found on a chair on his balcony looking after his plants and watching the world go by!
Michael grew up surrounded by laughter and music. He always loved making home videos and could always be found singing along to CD’s on car journeys, confidently informing everyone he was going to be the next Blue Peter presenter for the BBC!
Michael joined Petersfield Youth Theatre at the age of 6 and loved being part of an amazing company, making firm friends and getting the chance to perform in some phenomenal shows – but it wasn’t until he went to University that he realised he wanted to be a professional performer.
Michael has a 2.1 honours degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Bath, spending one year of his studies on a placement at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Following this, he auditioned for the University Musical and clinched the lead role. He then realised that pursuing accountancy wasn’t his dream and decided to look for opportunities in professional theatre.
Michael trained for a year at the London School of Musical Theatre and, after receiving his Diploma, went straight to the Collabro audition. He can’t believe how lucky he was that all the stars aligned so quickly and is truly excited for the future of Collabro!
Michael has a HUGE sweet tooth and will always have chocolate or sweets in his bag! He is always up for playing games – be that sport, intellectual or just random fun (as long as he wins!)
He loves spending time with his family and lives by the motto: ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile’ 🙂
Thomas started singing at the tender age of seven when he joined Louth St. James’s Church as a chorister. It’s here that he first found a passion for music and harmony. The year after, at the age of eight, Thomas performed in his very first play, Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’, as a part of the ‘Louth Playgoers Association’. From that point on he was hooked on theatre and would perform in local pantomimes, musicals and plays over the next eight years, his favourite part being the title role in ‘Oliver!’
After school Thomas went on to study Performing Arts and Music Performance at Lincoln College, taking on parts such as Jesus in Godspell’ and Captain Walker in ‘The Who’s – Tommy’, before moving to London where he earned a degree in Musical Theatre from the University of West London in association with the London College of Music.
From there, Thomas auditioned and worked in London as a performer; serving in Japanese restaurant Kiraku whilst resting between jobs. As a result of one of these auditions Thomas was accepted into a, then nameless, band who would go on to become something bigger than he’d ever dreamed.
If Thomas isn’t singing you’ll usually find him playing video games. Pokémon, Zelda and Final Fantasy being his main vices. There are some things you just never grow out of! 🙂
Matt started singing at the age of 15 where he played The Artful Dodger in his school’s production of ‘Oliver!’ He then joined multi-award winning youth theatre ‘StagedRight’. During his time with them he played Riff in ‘West Side Story’ and Sir John in ‘Me And My Girl’. He also worked the ‘pubs and clubs’ circuit throughout Cumbria for 3 years, creating a respected reputation as a Swing vocalist.
Before singing, Matt had a passion for cooking. At the age of 14 he did his work-experience module in a hotel restaurant kitchen. They kindly asked him to stay on and he trained there as a chef, working for two years before moving on to another restaurant.
Following this, Matt worked as a salesman before getting a job in Spain for 6 months entertaining guests at a hotel. This is where he met Jamie, who was working in Cyprus doing the very same contract. Who knew what was going to happen?! After playing the role of the Prince in ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ in pantomime, he found Collabro and … well, you know the rest!
Matt’s hobbies are cooking, football, golf, going the theatre, cinema – and being cheeky.