Lunch & Learn Podcast: John Blow & Henry Purcell

For Podcast 1 from the following series, click here. Details below the poster.


Part I: John Blow and Henry Purcell: Organists of Westminster Abbey

Larry Beckwith enjoys a successful and versatile career in the arts in and around Toronto. He studied violin and musicology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1989. Since then, he has vigorously pursued his interests in choral music, Baroque and contemporary music, theatre, radio, teaching and writing. As a professional singer, he has appeared regularly with the Elora Festival Singers, Tafelmusik Chamber Singers, Opera Atelier, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Exultate Chamber Singers. An accomplished Baroque violinist, Larry studied with Jeanne Lamon and was a founding member of the Aradia Baroque Ensemble. In 2003, he founded Toronto Masque Theatre ( which, under his artistic leadership, has presented more than 25 critically acclaimed programs of interdisciplinary performing art, including a cycle of the five major music theatre works by Henry Purcell and stage works by Molière, Stravinsky, John Blow, John Beckwith, Monteverdi, Handel, Charpentier and others. Through TMT, Mr. Beckwith has commissioned and premiered new works in the spirit of the masque by Canadian composers Abigail Richardson, James Rolfe, Omar Daniel, Dean Burry and Alice Ho. Larry Beckwith runs the celebrated strings program at the arts-intensive Unionville High School. He and his wife, soprano Teri Dunn, and their two daughters Alison and Juliet are active members of St. Thomas's Church.