Tuireadh (MacMillan), Michaelmas 2018
Dan Mort is a second-year foundation doctor and an alumnus of Wadham College, Oxford, where he read Medicine from 2011 – 2017. During this time, he enjoyed playing in a wide range of ensembles and orchestral projects, both within the university, and with local professionals. In 2014, he won the OUPhil concerto competition, performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto in the Sheldonian Theatre that year. He later performed the same concerto in 2016 with John Warner and St Peter’s Chamber Orchestra – now known as Orchestra for The Earth – with whom he continues to play, embarking on annual concert tours to Europe. During his clinical years, he gave several performances of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Mozart‘s and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintets in several Oxfordshire venues, including the Holywell Music Room and Christ Church Cathedral, and finally a performance of Brahms’ Quintet in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, with the Holywell Clarinet Quintet just prior to graduating in 2017. He also loves playing for the St Endellion Easter Music Festival in Cornwall each year.
He received tuition and chamber coaching from Angela Malsbury, Anthony Pay and Timothy Orpen during his time in Oxford. Prior to university, he was taught by Luan Shaw and Keith Slade, and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra, CBSO Youth Orchestra, Academy Chamber Orchestra (West Midlands), and National Children’s Orchestra, with whom he went on tour to China, and fell in love with music for the first time.
He thoroughly enjoyed holding the drum seat for Dot’s Funk Odyssey for 3 years, with frequent (sweaty) gigs in Cellar and The Bullingdon, and now plays kit for neo-soul band Pangolin, which has put out two EPs and several popular Sofar Sounds videos since its formation in 2017, performed at Ronnie Scott’s, and now regularly features on BBC Introducing Oxford. For the past 7 years, he has also served as a drummer and clarinettist on the worship team at St Aldate’s Church.