Sidmouth Occasional Choir

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.

May we introduce ourselves?

Sidmouth Occasional Choir is an ad hoc group of singers centred principally on Sue and Martyn Daldorph’s family and their friends. It has grown out of their joint love of music and the many occasions in the past when they have sung 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.

Our family members:

Rebecca and Nicholas Yates

Andrew and Sally Daldorph

Dora and Andrew O’Sullivan

Amy and Tom Jackman

Sue and Martyn Daldorph


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 )

Andrew is Director of Music of Exeter Chamber Choir ( )

and East Devon Choral Society ( )


Martyn Daldorph was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge under Sir David Willcocks, has conducted various choral ensembles and was director of Music of Claygate Choral Society ( 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.

Rebecca and Nicholas Yates, Sally Daldorph, Dora and Andrew O’Sullivan, Amy and Tom Jackman and Sue Daldorph all sing, with six Cambridge choral scholars and a wealth of choral recordings and broadcasts between them.