Farnham has for many years boasted a thriving musical tradition envied by many neighbouring towns. Consequently it seemed necessary to form a local chamber orchestra comprised mainly of leading local professional players in and around the town who have already established a strong reputation in the locality and are well known to concert going audiences. Formed by local Composer and Conductor Matthew Taylor, the orchestra’s home is St Andrews Church which for many years has enjoyed a flourishing concert tradition and is a much loved venue by musicians and audiences alike.
The aim of Farnham Sinfonia is to play attractive music from the classical and romantic periods in combination with carefully chosen short works by 20th century British and contemporary composers who are insufficiently known.
Farnham Sinfonia was launched in October 2017 and since 1 January 2018 is legally part of the Tilford Bach Society (CIO), which is a registered charity no 1172416.
The first concert included symphonies by Haydn and Schubert a world premiere by Cyril Lloyd and shorter works by Sibelius and Ruders. The concert generated considerable enthusiasm from the orchestra and the public and attracted a large audience. The Farnham Herald reported the following week, “A town of the size of Farnham should be proud to have an orchestra of this calibre…”