Passion soloists in action

Soloists performing the St Matthew Passion at our Festival June 2015

From left: Benjamin Appl, Joanne Lunn, Daniel Taylor, Elizabeth Cragg, Robin Blaze, Mark Wilde, Edward Grint

“How does a critic begin to describe the most perfectly performed musical experience in many years? By listing, of course, in a roll of honour, those who created it, beginning with the masterly Adrian Butterfield, whose sure direction (from the violin) and complete immersion in the idiom was undoubtedly responsible for the exceptional quality of the performance.” Read full review by Barry Creasy in MusicOMH HERE

“Hearing that wonderful music in that small church ,and so beautifully sung and played ,made one feel one was hearing the Passion story for the first time –and was involved with it .”

“Sunday night was without doubt, a once in a lifetime event, we were bowled over with it’s brilliance”

“What a wonderful experience it was to sit and listen to the magnificent performance of the St. Matthew Passion last night yes a huge achievement for Adrian”

“I must take my hat off to Charles Daniels for his outstanding performance in portraying the Evangelist so eloquently and dramatically, whilst also tackling tenor arias and choruses. What a performance!”

“It was an extraordinary evening of music making and a really memorable one. I enjoyed every note. The singers did a momentous task (especially given their pm rehearsal). It was a real joy to hear Charles Daniels sing the Evangelist and I did enjoy the wonderful drama.”

“I first heard the TBS perform getting on for 30 years ago, I think, and it was the Passion with Anthony Rolfe Johnson as the Evangelist but last Sunday’s performance was comfortably the best I have heard TBS or otherwise. This was partly because because it seemed so authentic, the audience/congregation participation, the brilliant orchestra playing, and the proximity of the performers, but especially the clarity of the one voice per part mode of performance- just brilliant. I imagine we were already very moved before his daughter reminded us of how proud Denys Darlow would have been- a fitting legacy indeed.”

“What a treat this weekend was – especially last evening!”

“Tuesday evening (SJSS) will go down as one of the memorable concerts which we enjoy remembering.  We like hearing the Passions done with small forces anyway and it really worked so well on Tuesday.”

“Denys and JSB would be proud!”

“The music of the St Matthew Passion is still going through my head. The performance was truly magnificent with the content of the text powerfully communicated!”

“I keep thinking about Sunday evening, one of the most fantastic concerts I have ever been to, just magic!!”

Welcome to the Tilford Bach Society! We have been running top quality concerts in Farnham and Tilford since 1952.

Adrian Butterfield

Adrian Butterfield

We organise a period instrument festival each June in Tilford Church with internationally famous performers and regular monthly concerts from September to April in Farnham.

All our concerts are open to the public and you can buy tickets on-line from this website. We are a registered charity and especially welcome young people and for our Farnham concerts entry for 8-25 year olds is FREE through CAVATINA. Accompanying parents and teachers to may also attend FREE – details HERE.

Our Music Director is Adrian Butterfield, who is professor of baroque violin at the Royal College of Music. Read the recent interview with Adrian HERE.

We are twinned with Music-at-Hill in the City of London, who run regular concerts and a period instrument Bach Festival in July.

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