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:
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
New: Arrange your own Private Concert with Farnham Sinfonia Musicians
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.
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
Farnham Sinfonia Ensemble
Elizabeth Cooney (violin); Peter Fenech (viola); Judith Fleet (cello); Dave Brown (Double Bass); Daniel Hill (Piano)
Reservations available from start of May
4-30pm Sunday 6 June 2021
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
Solem String Quartet
to be announced
7-30pm Saturday 2 October 2021
Violin soloist: Coco Tomita
(2020 BBC Young Musician Strings Winner)
Conductor: Matthew Taylor
Leader: Elizabeth Cooney
Farnham Chamber Music Festival
7-30pm Friday 22 October 2021
7-30pm Saturday 30 October 2021
Carducci String Quartet
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.
Do register free and sign in to get access to past concerts.
On-line Concerts and other Music for Lockdown
View our new YouTube Channel
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:
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.
Other regular free online concerts
Ticket sales are not enough to pay for our concerts!
Please become a Friend or Sponsor – Details HERE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We are hugely grateful to our major sponsors: