Lancashire-born mezzo-soprano Samantha Oxborough is a recent graduate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, gaining a Post-Graduate Certificate and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours under Christine Cairns and David Wilkinson.
Her full roles include Métella La vie parisienne, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Maurya Riders to the Sea and Patricia in Michael Wolters’ world premiere of Ava's Wedding.
Samantha won The St Clare Barfield Memorial Bowl for Operatic Distinction presented by Julian Lloyd Webber in June 2016. Further first prizes include the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize, the Edward Brooks Lieder Prize and the Conservatoire Singing Prize. She came joint first in the Ashleyan Opera Prize and second in the Doris Newton Music Club. She was also a finalist in the Leamington Prize and the Town Hall Symphony Hall Prize.
In 2015, chosen by Head of Department Julian Pike, Samantha represented the Conservatoire at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary. Competing against students from all the major UK Conservatoires, she was the only female finalist, and attained third place.