Rzewski’s ‘The People United Will Never be Defeated’ is a monumental work of contemporary classical music, considered by many to be his magnum opus. Composed in 1975, the piece is a set of 36 variations on the Chilean protest song ‘¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!’ (The people united will never be defeated!), which became an anthem of resistance against the military dictatorship in Chile at the time. Rzewski’s variations explore a wide range of musical styles and techniques, from classical to jazz, and incorporate elements of improvisation and audience participation, including lid slamming, whistling and improvisation.
The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, HG1 2RZ.
Seating is unreserved and Friends of the Festival will have priority entry.
There is limited parking at the Crown Hotel. On street parking is available nearby.
Robin Green | piano
A light touch and an engaging tone” (The Strad magazine), Robin Green enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor.
Robin regularly performs in major festivals and concert halls in the UK and Europe. Highlights include the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Wigmore Hall, the Interlaken Classics Festival, Davos Young Artists Festival, the International Musicians Seminar ‘Open Chamber’ Festival at Prussia Cove, the Muskikverein, the Pharos Trust, Penarth Chamber Music festival and the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier.
His discography includes works by Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Kurtág, Huw Watkins and Helen Grime. Dialog mit Mozart, released on the Gramola label, was Editor’s Choice in the Strad Magazine. The recording Games Chorales and Fantasie released on the Claves label was reviewed by Gramophone:
“Green…an intelligent and sensitive musician with a genuine flair for imaginative programming.”
Chamber music forms a central part of Robin’s life as a musician. Former recipient of the Leverhulme Chamber music fellowship at the Royal College of Music, Robin was the first prize winner of the Royal Overseas League Chamber music competition, the Concours Nicati in Switzerland, finalist at YCAT and was a prize winner at the International Schubert duo competition. He has many regular collaborators including Gordan Nikolitch, Valeryi Sokolov, Christoph Richter, Christian Elliott, Catherine Manson and Alice Neary.
Robin is a piano professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The focal point of his studies were chamber music coaching with mentors György Kurtág, Rainer Schmitt and Ferenc Rados.