The Arions 50th Celebrity Concert took place at St Thomas's Church Barrowford yesterday and featured the rising you singing star mezzo-soprano Samantha Oxborough.
Samantha, who hails from Sabden has recently graduated with First Class honours from Birmingham Conservatoire and is already making a name for herself both locally and nationally as a talented singer. Samantha is already well known locally as she started her singing career as a member of Pendle Youth Choir and was a pupil of David Wilkinson in Colne.
Samantha, accompanied by Susan Hargreaves, treated an enthusiastic audienceto a programme of English song, occasionally leavened with Americana, and her control and musicality were eveident from the start, to compliment a fabulous voice. Particularly effective was her rendition of the Ivor Gurney song 'I will go with my father a-ploughing' and Jerome Kern's 'Can't Help Lovin' dat Man of Mine'. Samantha finished her 'set' gy performing Ben Moore's 'Sexy Lady', a virtuoso performance which brought the house down. This is a young singer with a great future and we wish her all success in her musical career.
The Arion Choir, conducted by Julie Townson, were also o fine form and particularly poignant was their performance of 'Lily of the Valley' in memory of Jim Tattersall, a long serving choir member who recently died. As well as choral classics, the choir also the forthcoming centenery of the end of the First World War by singing a medley of WW1 songs and a moving arrangement of 'In Flanders Fields'.