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Sidmouth Occasional Choir
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Sidmouth Occasional Choir exists to:

  • Sing occasional, high standard and inspiring concerts of choral music;
  • Put on choral workshops and other choral singing development projects;
  • Encourage excellent vocal and general musicianship;
  • To lead others to sing, whether by themselves or by joining their local choral society, church choir or other vocal ensemble.

Sidmouth Occasional Choir is an ad hoc group of singers centred principally on Sue and Martyn Daldorph’s family and their friends. It grew out of their joint love of music and the many occasions in the past when they sang together in Claygate Choral Society concerts whilst Martyn was its Musical Director.

Many of the singers are former Cambridge Choral Scholars; others are drawn from among the best of Devon’s choirs and sing by invitation. We are now also sometimes joined by suitably experienced and musical members of the next generation.

Rebecca and Nicholas Yates, Sally Daldorph, Dora and Andrew O’Sullivan, Amy and Tom Jackman sing, with six Cambridge choral scholars and a wealth of choral recordings and broadcasts between them. Sue Daldorph has now retired from singing but provides invaluable practical support to the Choir – and sheer inspiration.

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Andrew Daldorph is our accompanist.

Andrew is a talented and versatile professional musician. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Southampton. He is a harpsichordist, an accompanist of great skill and sensitivity, a refreshing and interesting composer, an inspiring conductor, jazz pianist, keyboard teacher and choir trainer. (See his website at www.andrewdaldorph.co.uk )

Andrew is Director of Music of Exeter Chamber Choir (www.exeterchamberchoir.co.uk )

and East Devon Choral Society (www.eastdevonchoralsociety.org.uk )

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Martyn Daldorph was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge under the late Sir David Willcocks, has conducted various choral ensembles and was director of Music of Claygate Choral Society (www.claygatechoralsociety.co.uk) for 22 years until 2011.

There, he conducted works across a wide repertoire, ranging from part-songs and church anthems, to some of the greatest choral compositions - Bach’s Passions, his B Minor Mass, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and the Verdi Requiem among them.

He continues to enjoy conducting, choir training, and singing with Exeter Chamber Choir.

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