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 orginal 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

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

Click here to read about our Chamber Music Festival in October


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.

The collection at the Harp Duo concert raised over £1,000 including gift aid – THANK YOU

Next Farnham Concert

7-30pm Saturday 14 March 2020

Farnham Methodist Church, GU9 7RN

“Triple Bass”

Double Bass & Piano recital
Bassoon & Piano recital

Will Duerden (double bass)

BBC Young Musician 2018 Strings Finalist.

Listen to his performance here

Haslemere String Competition winner 2019


Robert Schumann – Adagio and Allegro Op 70
Emil Tabakov – Motivy
Giovanni Bottesini – Adagio Melancholico et Appassionata
Franz Schubert – Nacht und Traüme
Cesar Franck – Sonata in A, Movements 1 & 2
Stuart Sankey – Carmen Fantasy

Ana Docolin (bassoon)


Ana comes from a musical family in Targu Mures in central Romania and was recently Co-principal Bassoon with Southbank Sinfonia. She studied first at the Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.

As a chamber musician Ana has performed at venues across London including the Barbican Hall as part of the Sound Unbound Festival. Ana enjoyed working with artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Semyon Bychkov, Nicola Benedetti, Vladimir Jurowski, Pablo Herras Cassado, Imogen Cooper, Marin Alsop, Sir Mark Elder, Benjamin Grosvenor and many more.



Robert Schumann – Fantesie Stucke – Zart un mit ausdruc
Edward Elgar – Romance
Henri Dutilleux – Sarabande et Cortege
Astor Piazolla – Muerte del Angel
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sonata for bassoon and cello (double bass)


Jennifer Carter (piano)

Jennifer Carter is a highly respected pianist and accompanist who assists Ishani Bhoola with the Haslemere String Competition.  She won the Queen Mary II accompanists prize at the Guildhall, and has now been made an accompanist for Junior and Senior Guildhall, the Royal College of Music and the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. She was the first person to be awarded a further extension of her fellowship at the Roryal College of Music for an unprecedented third year. She has now been made a Concordia Artist. She performed for TBS with Ishani in 2015.



Details and tickets HERE

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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