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.

Musicians: Please read: A word to our musicians

Dates through to May 2022 have been added below

Next Concert

7-30pm Friday 3 December 2021  (NB: NOT Saturday) + see Important Information below

Music will start around 8-00pm

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

 Tudor Christmas: Musick and Minstrelsy

This concert is dedicated in memory of Cate McKee’s late father, Canon Jeffrey Bell, former Priest-in-Charge of Tilford

Mr Simpson’s Little Consort

(String players from the Eisenach Ensemble)

Cate McKee – Soprano, Tenor Viol

Lucy Bignall – Treble Viol,  Violin

Sue Snell – Viols

Judith Morgan – Viols

Piers Snell – Bass Viol

Programme of joyful Christmas Music by Byrd, Cobbold, Gibbons, Holborne, Simpson, Victoria etc

Download print programme

Mr Simpson’s Little Consort take their name from the 17th century virtuoso viola da gamba player, Christopher Simpson.  Simpson’s treatise, “the Division Viol, or the Art of Playing upon a Ground” was published in 1659 and is a much used source of information on viol technique.  Simpson also published a work for lyra viols called The Little Consort (known as Mr Simpson’s Little Consort), hence the name of our group.  The group perform regularly at music societies, festivals, historical societies, arts centres and literary festivals and are double award winners at Buxton Fringe for their performances of historically informed music. They often collaborate with actors and authors to present programmes of spoken word with music, using literary sources such as the diaries of Samuel Pepys.
Important information (Arrangements are a bit different for this concert)
In view of the Christmas season this concert will be a less formal and a little different. You are invited to arrive for 7-30pm to enjoy mulled wine and mince pies and a time to socialise. The performance will start around 8pm, with a short interval during the programme. If you prefer not to socialise then we will be glad to welcome you around 8pm.
Seats can be reasonably spaced. Drinks will be topped up during the short interval when the audience is kindly requested to remain seated (unless visiting the loos).  Masks are optional and most people choose not to wear them. Space is available for anyone who wishes to remain more isolated – please ask.
Reserve your seats
Please reserve your places, non-refundable in case of cancellation, by Paypal or by bank transfer by end of the day before each concert. Depending on any continuing COVID restrictions the number of places may be limited. Click links below to reserve

If PayPal is blocked from this link, please use the links on the webpage as access from MailChimp may be blocked.  The bank account for transfer is “Tilford Bach Society CIO”, Sort code: 405240 Account: 00030776.  If you reserve by bank transfer and are new, please email me so that I have your contact details.

Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection at each concert with suggested minimum donation of £15-00 per adult from those who can afford it. As most concerts costs between £1,000 and £1,500 to put on larger donations are most welcome Donations are not expected for children & students. Music lovers who are unable to make a donation are still most welcome. We want to make quality music accesible to all especially to families with children who are our next generation audiences.


Future dates to May 2022

Saturday 22 January 2022: Mathilde Milwidsky (violin) and Gamal Khamis (piano)
Bach, Part, Beethoven, Grieg, Wieniawski

Saturday 26 February 2022: Piano Trio: Yuri Zhislin, Nathalia Lomeiko & Alexander Karpeyev
Medtner, Bruch & Brahms

Saturday 19 March 2022: Farnham Sinfonia, cello soloist Ozgur Kaya, 1st winner of Farnham Sinfonia Award

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 13/14/15 May 2022: Farnham Chamber Music Festival

Saturday 21 May 2022: Farnham Chamber Music Festival


Donations to support Farnham Concerts

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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 at Lloyds  38264060  Sort Code  30-90-89. Please put “Sinfonia” in the reference box.

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 ALL Farnham and Godalming concerts, including the Sinfonia, and need to be completed only once as they remain valid until you tell us to stop using them.

New: Arrange your own Private Concert with Farnham Sinfonia Musicians

Click for details

Click HERE for our YouTube channel

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

Donate £10  Donate £20   Donate £50  Donate £100

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 ALL Farnham and Godalming concerts, including the Sinfonia, and need to be completed only once as they remain valid until you tell us to stop using them.

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

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