Mass in Time of War

Mass in Time of War

Featuring Arcady musicians

A presentation of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War (Missa in Tempore Belli) and other works with the St. Peter and St. Simon the Apostle Chancel Choir, under the direction of Robin Davis.

May 11, 2024 - 3:00 pm

The Church of St. peter and St. Simon the Apostle

525 Bloor St E | Toronto, ON


Ronald Beckett

Artistic director & conductor

Ronald Beckett has had numerous compositions performed by ensembles throughout Ontario. He has written three operas that constitute a trilogy: RuthJohn, and I Am…. that have been given fully staged performances by Arcady and Queens Student Opera. Ruth, due largely to its length (72 minutes) and facility of staging, has received some twenty performances since its premiere in 1996. Ron’s catalogue of compositions includes a number of additional large-scale works for orchestra or orchestra and chorus and an abundance of chamber music and pieces for piano and organ. Since 2008, he has written a great number of songs and music for youth, specifically for the Arcady Youth Singers.

Ron is the founding director of Arcady, an organization established in order to encourage outstanding young musicians by providing them a bridge between their student and professional performing careers. Most of Arcady’s work is in two areas: period performances of early music repertoire and the works of Ronald Beckett. The ensemble offers 20 to 30 programs ranging from small ensemble to full choral-orchestral performances in Ontario each year. Arcady has released three CD recordings on the Crescendo label: A Baroque Messiah (1999), Welcome Yule! (2001), and Ruth (2007). Welcome Yule! is a collection of original Christmas compositions and Beckett arrangements. Ron also arranged and conducted Ruby Productions’ CD entitled Peace on Earth (2000). In 2002, Phoenix Records released the CD A Beckett Miscellany – a sampling of Ron’s instrumental music performed by The Essex Winds and Arcady.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate from McMaster University in History and Theory, Ronald Beckett is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Piano Performance), and also holds a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Western Ontario. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to music and community, he was inducted into the McMaster Alumni Gallery in 2004.

Ron is a member of SOCAN, the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre. His works are frequently heard on classical radio in North America and Europe.

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Robin Davis


Robin Davis began his career as a church organist at the age of 15 in the local Anglican church. In a career spanning 5 decades, he continues to share his passion for the opportunity to lead and inspire others through the power of music in worship. Robin joined the staff at the then St. Simon’s in 2011, following positions in several other Anglican and one United church in the Toronto area. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto in Organ Performance, studying with John Tuttle.

Robin is equally at home performing the organ works of JS Bach, working with the children on the annual popular Christmas Musical, or leading the semi-professional parish choir for Sunday services at SPSS or on tour in cathedrals in the UK.

Robin shares his love of church music with his wife Linda (also an Anglican church organist) as well as the love of playing golf. Robin has 2 sons (yes who also golf). Robin’s “day-job” is as Sales Manager of the All-Weld Company, a custom metal fabricator in Scarborough.