Welcome to “TBS”!  We run concerts in Farnham and Godalming including Farnham Sinfonia and a series of Conservatoire Concerts in Godalming, which aims to provide performance opportunities for students and young professionals. Each have their own websites:

www.farnhamsinfonia.org.uk          conservatoireconcerts.org.uk

All our concerts are open to the public and you can buy tickets on-line from this website. We are a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and especially welcome young people and for our Farnham concerts entry for 8-25 year olds is FREE through CAVATINA. A parent or teacher accompanying a child under 16 may also attend FREE – details HERE.

The original Tilford Bach Society, founded in 1952 by Denys Darlow with its current Music Director Adrian Butterfield, is a separate charity although this webpage includes information about their past concerts – see Legal note at foot of this page. The website for the original Tilford Bach Society is

Musicians: Please read: A word to our musicians

New: Arrange your own Private Concert with Farnham Sinfonia Musicians

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Click HERE for our YouTube channel

If you can, please donate to support musicians through these TBS Farnham Concerts. Thanks to your support, since lockdown started we have paid out over £16,000 in fees to musicians.

Click to donate to our musicians for the Farnham based series all money raised will be paid out to musicians:

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Please click HERE to sign a Gift Aid Form increasing the value of your gift by 25% if you have not already done so. The forms are valid for BOTH Farnham and Godalming concerts.

Easter Online Concerts from Oxford Bach Soloists

Friday 2 April, 3:00 pm – Monday 5 April, 3:00 pm

The festival will deliver five hours of brand-new music recorded on location in the beautiful and wonderfully acoustic, Christ Church Cathedral and New College Chapel – both in Oxford. The performances will be streamed at 3pm over four consecutive days: Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday.

Tickets are available to purchase here

Working with celebrated Director Thomas Guthrie, the weekend promises a 360-degree experience of the music of Bach through brand new staging which reflects OBS’s distinctive approach.  Click on the title for details of the performances.

3pm, Friday 2nd April         St John Passion

3pm, Saturday 3rd April     BWV 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden with a special lecture from renowned German Mediaevalist Henrike Lähnemann.

3pm, Sunday 4th April        Easter Oratorio

3pm, Monday 5th April       BWV 31 Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret

Performances will be available to view on demand until 11pm on 30 April 2021

Future concerts subject to restrictions being lifted

7-30pm Friday 21 May 2021

Spire Church (URC), South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU

Farnham Sinfonia Ensemble

Elizabeth Cooney (violin); Peter Fenech (viola); Judith Fleet (cello); Dave Brown (Double Bass);  Daniel Hill (Piano)

“Viennese” Programme

Schubert – ‘Trout’ Quintet
Schubert – Notturno for Piano Trio
Kreisler – Liebesleid and Caprice Viennoise for Violin and Piano
Beethoven – Duo No 1 for viola and double bass (transcribed from clarinet and basoon)

Reservations available from start of May


4-30pm Sunday 6 June 2021 

Bury Court Barn, Bentley GU10 5LZ

Farnham Sinfonia

Conductor: Matthew Taylor

Leader: Elizabeth Cooney


Grieg – Holberg Suite for Strings, Op.40

Matthew Taylor – Concertino for Violin and Strings, Soloist – Elizabeth Cooney

Dvorak – Serenade for Strings in E major, Op.22

One hour concert, no interval, socially distanced

Reservations will be available from May


7-30pm Friday 25 June  2021

St Andrews Church, Farnham GU9 7PW

Solem String Quartet


to be announced


7-30pm Saturday 2 October 2021 

St Andrew’s Church, Farnham, GU9 7PW

Farnham Sinfonia

Violin soloist: Coco Tomita

(2020 BBC Young Musician Strings Winner)

Conductor: Matthew Taylor

Leader: Elizabeth Cooney


Britten – Temporal Variations for Oboe and String Orchestra
Mozart – Violin Concerto no.1 in B flat major K.207, soloist Coco Tomita
Haydn – Symphony no.49 in F minor ‘La Passione’


Farnham Chamber Music Festival

7-30pm Friday 22 October 2021

Spire Church (URC), South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU

String Trio

Elizabeth Cooney, Violin
Daisy Spiers, Viola
Bozidar Vukotic, Cello
Programme of Schubert, Dohnanyi and Beethoven


7-30pm Saturday 30 October 2021

Spire Church (URC), South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU

Carducci String Quartet

Programme to include Beethoven ‘Razumosky’ String Quartet no.2, Op. 59



Recommended sites for online concerts

St Mary Perivale
Still running three top quality chamber music concerts a week including some musicians who have played for TBS. These concerts are accessible free in high definition video from their new showcase page. Hugh Mather and his team do more for musicians and audiences than any other group of volunteers that we know and have no Government funding, so do support them.

Wigmore Hall
Do register free and sign in to get access to past concerts.

On-line Concerts and other Music for Lockdown

Read our new guide: How to watch YouTube Concerts on your TV

View our new YouTube Channel

New videos

Bach Goldberg Variations for String Trio

including pictorial biography of JSBach

Alexandra Lomeiko (violin)
Lisa Bucknell (viola)
Timothee Botbol (cello)

The audio plays the full concert but because the video camera switched off after 29 minutes a pictorial biography in slides is displayed for the remainder of the concert.

Watch here or click the image:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5G8cx1Aw0w 


Please donate generously to support musicians

Click to donate to our musicians for the Farnham based series:

Donate £5   Donate £10  Donate £20   Donate £50

If you do not wish to use Paypal please post a cheque payable to “Tilford Bach Society CIO” to TBS, 1 Adams Drive, Fleet GU51 3DZ or make a transfer to Tilford Bach Society CIO Account  00030776  Sort Code   40-52-40

Please click HERE to sign a Gift Aid Form if you have not already done so. The forms are valid for BOTH Farnham and Godalming concerts and need to be completed only once as they remain valid until you tell us to stop using them.

A huge THANK YOU to all who have supported musicians through our on-line and live outdoor concerts this summer.  From July to mid-September you have donated over £8,000 which has been paid or is being paid to musicians.  You can view programmes and find links to YouTube videos on our page of Programmes since 2018.

Conservatoire Concert online performances

Other regular free online concerts

Live concerts from St Mary Perivale at 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Musicians Company Young Artists at 12 noon on Mondays and Wednesdays

Click HERE for a collection of links to recorded music 

Ticket sales are not enough to pay for our concerts!
Please become a Friend or Sponsor – Details HERE

We support Arts 4 Dementia!

Music is especially helpful for dementia sufferers and they and their carers are welcome to attend our concerts free of charge. Please register with Sue Sagun secretary@tilbach.org.uk 01252 613130 at least a day before the concert if you would like to take up this offer.

Next Godalming Conservatoire Concert

See their website: www.conservatoireconcerts.org.uk


TBS is a registered charity and we rely on donations as well as ticket sales to cover the costs of our festival. If you would like to make a donation via PayPal please use the button below.



This website is run on behalf of Tilford Bach Society (CIO) Registered Charity 1172416, but it also carries information about the original Tilford Bach Society Registered Charity  230601.

Concerts were run:

  • before May 2017 by the original Tilford Bach Society, which dates from 1952
  • from May 2017 to July 2019 by the Tilford Bach Society (CIO) but with the two Societies operating with respect to the audience as if they were one.

From autumn 2019 the two Societies will operate cooperatively but more separately with:

  • Tilford Bach Society (CIO) running the concerts in Farnham and Godalming, including Farnham Sinfonia
  • The original Tilford Bach Society running the annual festival based in Tilford

The exact details are being worked out.

Privacy Statement

Please read our Privacy Statement HERE. We comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.

In brief, if you add your name to our email list opposite we will:

  • send you typically 2-3 emails per concert informing you and reminding you about the concerts. They include an unsubscribe option.
  • hold your contact details securely and not pass them to third parties other than the data processors whom we use to provide our services
  • respect your right to remove your contact details and give you a link to do so in each email
  • allow you to see any information held and to correct any information.

If you have any concerns about our use of your contact details please contact us – chairman@tilbach.org.uk . You always have the right to complain to the Office of the Information Commissioner –  see https://ico.org.uk/concerns/

Major Sponsors

We are hugely grateful to our major sponsors:

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