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Collabro in April 2014 (L to R: Lambert, Hadfield, Pagan, Auger and Redgrave)
Collabro in April 2014 (L to R: Lambert, Hadfield, Pagan, Auger and Redgrave)
Background information
GenresMusical theatre
Years active2014–present
LabelsSyco/Peak Productions
MembersMichael Auger
Jamie Lambert
Matt Pagan
Thomas J. Redgrave
Past membersRichard Hadfield

Collabro is a UK-based musical theatre group and winners of the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2014. The group consists of Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J. Redgrave, and previously, Richard Hadfield until his departure from the band in June 2016. Collabro was voted the UK's favourite Britain's Got Talent Winners in a National Poll.[1] The band have a following who they refer to as their "Collaborators" and famous fans include Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix.[2]

Their debut album Stars, was released on 15 August 2014 and peaked at number one in the UK. Their second album Act Two, was released on 1 June 2015 and peaked at number two in the UK. Their third album Home, was released on 3 March 2017 and peaked at number seven in the UK. Their fourth album Road to the Royal Albert Hall, was released on 31 August 2018 and peaked at number nineteen in the UK. Their fifth album Love Like This, was released on 15 November 2019 and peaked at number twenty-two in the UK.


2014: Formation, Britain's Got Talent and Stars

Original members- taken on 27 April 2014: Lambert,  Hadfield, Pagan, Auger and Redgrave
Original members- taken on 27 April 2014: Lambert, Hadfield, Pagan, Auger and Redgrave

Collabro formed in January 2014. Pagan and Lambert knew each other already, and used social media to find three additional singers to complete the band's line-up. Pagan and Lambert held auditions where they found Auger and Redgrave. They found Hadfield on YouTube singing "Bring Him Home".[3] They sang together for the first time at the Miller pub in London Bridge. It was not long after this that they decided to audition for Britain's Got Talent, as they had 'nothing to lose'.[citation needed]

In February 2014, a month after forming, Collabro auditioned in London for the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent. They received a standing ovation from both the audience and judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams for their rendition of the song "Stars" from the musical Les Misérables. The judges were initially seen to have low expectations due to their styling and the fact that they had only been together for a month at the time.[citation needed] Cowell claimed that "Britain really has got talent" (a comment he repeated in the live semi-final) and they received a unanimous "yes" verdict from the judging panel, with Cowell also describing their performance as a "hit record", while Holden was reduced to tears. Collabro progressed to the live semi-finals. They competed in the first semi-final on 26 May, performing the song "Bring Him Home", also from Les Misérables. The performance was praised by all four judges, again receiving a standing ovation, and they received the highest number of votes from the public (receiving 62.3% of the total votes cast), ensuring their automatic progression to the final.[4] During the live final on 7 June, Collabro performed a different arrangement of their audition song "Stars" for which they received 26.5% of the vote, winning the competition by a wide margin.[5]

On 12 June 2014, Collabro signed a record deal with Cowell's record label, Syco Music, and released their debut album on 28 July.[6] On 17 June, they announced that they would be going on their first ever tour, along with runner-up Lucy Kay, in 2015.[7] The group's debut album Stars, which includes cover versions of songs such as "All of Me" and "Let It Go", was released on 18 August and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.[8] On 31 October, it was announced that the album would be re-released as a special edition. The re-released version features the seasonal "White Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as well as "Falling Slowly" from the musical Once and "Say Something".[9] Collabro's debut tour 'Stars' sold 50,000 tickets culminating in a headliner show at The London Palladium.[citation needed]

2015–2016: Act Two

On 22 April 2015, Collabro revealed they had signed a record deal with Sony Masterworks in the US for £1 million.[10] The following week, they announced that their second album would be called Act Two and would be released on 1 June.[11] It debuted at #2 in the UK Albums Chart.[12] In 2016 the group did their second tour around the UK (Act Two) after the success of their last tour. They finished their first official tour in Japan and also been touring around the US as well as Canada.

2017: Home

Following the departure of Richard Hadfield from the band, Collabro announced their third album Home would be released in March 2017 having set up their own record label "Peak Productions". The band artistically controlled everything and decided to "go home to Musical Theatre" having done pop crossover tracks on their first two albums. This new offering featured a selection of stage classics, fan favourites and their first original song "Lighthouse", co-written by Ben Adams. On 20 March 2017, the band announced they would be joining Cliff Richard on his summer Just Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Tour of the UK.[citation needed] Following this, their third UK Tour took place in September and December 2017, titled The Home UK Tour.[citation needed]

2018: Road to the Royal Albert Hall

In August 2018, the band released their fourth studio album Road to the Royal Albert Hall. The album peaked at number nineteen on the UK Albums Chart. Following this, the band went on a fifty-one date UK tour in 2019. The tour started on 10 February in South Shields and ended on 20 April at the Royal Albert Hall in London.[13]

2019: Britain's Got Talent: The Champions & Love Like This

In September 2019, the band took part in Britain's Got Talent: The Champions, they were eliminated at the Preliminaries, they finished third in the audience vote. The band announced that they had signed a new record deal with BMG, they also announced the release date for their new album. On their social media accounts, the band said, "After 5 incredible years together, we're proud to announce we've signed a major new record deal with @BMG. We'll be releasing our 5th album #LoveLikeThis on 15th November this year, and we're going back out on tour in 2020."[14] In November 2019, they released their fifth studio album Love Like This. The album peaked at number twenty-two on the UK Albums Chart. In October 2019, the band announced a UK tour for October 2020.[15] In April 2020 the band had to postponed the tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour will now take place between October and November 2021.[16]

2020: America's Got Talent: The Champions & Christmas Is Here

In January 2020, the band took part in America's Got Talent: The Champions, they were eliminated at the Preliminaries. In November 2020, they released their sixth studio album Christmas Is Here. The album peaked at number eighty on the UK Albums Chart. The album includes the single "Christmas Is Here", their second original song, also co-written by Ben Adams.

Other public appearances

On 25 April 2014, the group appeared on the ITV television programme This Morning to discuss their appearance on Britain's Got Talent[17] and they performed the song "Let It Go" on the show on 11 July. On 18 May 2014, Collabro (excluding Hadfield) appeared at the Soccer Six charity football tournament at The Valley, home ground of Charlton Athletic F.C..[18] They made appearances on QVC and Weekend to further promote the album. They also performed at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance in front of the Royal Family, which is part of the prize for winning Britain's Got Talent. On 9 May 2015, they performed at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember in Horse Guards Parade, London.[citation needed] In 2016, following the departure of Richard Hadfield, Collabro were invited back to Soccer Aid - performing live on ITV to 7 million viewers for the first time as a four piece.[19]


Michael David Auger

Michael Auger (born 6 March 1990) lives in Petersfield. At the time of Collabro's BGT audition, he was working at a petrol station. He attended Churcher's College in Hampshire before moving to Alton College where he studied A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Geography.[20] He later attended the University of Bath to study Accounting and Finance. Also attended London Academy of Musical Theatre. Auger was a member of ‘the 100’ on BBC talent show All Together Now, alongside Geri Halliwell.

Jamie Alexander Lambert

Jamie Lambert (born 19 June 1990), was raised in Washington, Tyne and Wear and studied at Dame Allan's School, Newcastle. At the time of Collabro's BGT audition, he was working part-time in the finance department of Barts Health NHS Trust in London. He previously worked at the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust of which his mother, Lorraine Lambert, is the chief executive.[21] Lambert has performed solo at a number of events including mayoral charity events, the South Tyneside Summer Festival, and Cancer Connections in South Shields. He has also won regional talent competitions Open Zone Idol and Talent on the Tyne.[22] He came out in the press as gay.[23]

Matt Paul Pagan

Matthew "Matt" Pagan (born 25 July 1993) was raised in Carlisle, Cumbria.[citation needed] At the time of Collabro's BGT audition, he was working as a kitchen salesman.

Thomas Jamie Redgrave

Thomas J. Redgrave (born Thomas Leak on 28 August 1989 in Grimsby) is from Saltfleetby. He chose his stage surname from a theatre poster.[24] He studied at Monks' Dyke Tennyson College. He performed in St James' Choir for seven years and was also part of the Louth Playgoers Group.[25] At the time of Collabro's BGT audition, he was working in a Japanese restaurant. Thomas became an ambassador for The IBS Network, the UK charity working to support people living with irritable bowel syndrome, in March 2017.

Past members

Richard Hadfield

Richard Lester Hadfield (born 1 December 1993) lives in Portslade, East Sussex. At the time of Collabro's BGT audition, he was working as a labourer. He was part of Collabro between 2014 and 2016. Hadfield attended Hurstpierpoint College in West Sussex, busking during the school holidays to earn money to pay the school's fees.[26] In June 2016 Hadfield parted ways with Collabro, stating they "wish each other continued success and support for each other's future careers." Hadfield had reportedly made the decision to leave the group after the Britain's Got Talent final. A source close to him admitted he had been "unhappy for a long time."[27]



Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
BEL (Fl)
US Class.
US Heat.
Stars 1 28 8 33 4 2 15
Act Two
  • Released: 1 June 2015
  • Label: Syco Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
2 31 36 84 2 18
  • Released: 3 March 2017
  • Label: Peak Productions
  • Format: Digital download, CD
7 9 6
Road to the Royal Albert Hall
  • Released: 31 August 2018
  • Label: Peak Productions
  • Format: Digital download, CD
19 16 4
Love Like This
  • Released: 15 November 2019
  • Label: BMG Rights Management
  • Format: Digital download, CD
22 19 10
Christmas Is Here
  • Released: 27 November 2020
  • Label: Peak Productions
  • Format: Digital download, CD
80 72
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Year Album
"I Dreamed a Dream" 2015 Act Two
"Lighthouse" 2017 Home
"Christmas Is Here" 2020 Christmas Is Here


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