Welcome to “TBS”! We run chamber music concerts in Farnham with top professional musicians. All our concerts are open to the public and you can register to attend from this website. We are a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
Entrance to our concerts is FREE and our concerts are funded primarily through retiring collections and donations. We especially welcome young people and their attendance is supported by CAVATINA.
Our Next Concert
7-30 pm Saturday 16 March 2024
SongHa Choi (violin) & Kumi Matsuo (piano)
Paganini : Caprices for solo violin, Op.1 No. 1, 4, 19
Poulenc : Violin Sonata FP119
Lili Boulanger : Nocturne for Violin and Piano
Vladigerov : “Vardar” Bulgarian Rhapsody
Szymanowski : Mythes for Violin and Piano No.3 “Dryades et Pan”
Mozart : Violin Concerto No.4 (for Violin and Piano)
Ysaye : Solo Violin Sonata No. 3 “Ballade”
Zimbalist : Le Coq d’Or Fantasy, after Rimsky Korsakov
SongHa Choi, from South Korea, graduated from the Yehudi Menuhin School and is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, in the class of Professor Kolja Blacher. This is where Coco Tomita, who has played for us before, is also studying.
Described as “mesmerising: full of passion, imagination and daring” by the Times UK, SongHa was named as the second prize winner of Concours Musical International de Montréal 2023. Showing her notable musicality in late romantic period and contemporary works, she was also awarded the Best Interpretation of the Imposed Canadian Work, Best Performance of a Sonata, and Audience Prize.
She has recently given solo performances in venues including the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, the Wigmore Hall, and the Royal Festival Hall, and also chamber performances and tours in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Eglise Station in Verbier and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.
She has been featured on numerous live media, including BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Kumi studied piano with Jyoko Gondo, Mikhail Voskresensky, John Blakely and Ashley Wass, and chamber music with Jan Repko.
In 2013, she won the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition. Previously she won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Third Prize at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012. In 2008 Kumi won the RCM concerto competition and gave her London debut playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark.
Please register to attend. It is not essential but helps us to plan and we can contact you in case of any last minute problems
Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection at each concert with a suggested minimum donation of £10 per adult at afternoon concerts and £15-00 per adult at evening concerts from those who can afford it. Donations are not expected for children & students or from parents who are bringing young children. Music lovers who are unable to make a donation are still most welcome. We want to make quality music accessible to all especially to families with children who are our next generation audiences.
If you prefer to donate by bank transfer, please email “firstname.lastname@example.org” for bank details
Future TBS concerts at the Spire Church
4-00pm Sunday 21 April: Ben Schoeman & Tessa Uys – Beethoven Symphonies 1 & 3 for piano four hands
Donations to support Farnham Concerts
The following links are provided for anyone who prefers not to donate by cash at the concert or who wishes to make an additional ad hoc donation.
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 “Farnham” 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.
Next Godalming Conservatoire Concert
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