Sunday 6 September 2020  |  3PM


Be part of an exclusive studio audience for the Australian String Quartet's first foray into the world of live digital streaming. Hosted by Johanna Allen, the event features a live performance by the ASQ of a major work, bookended by pre-recorded content that is streamed in real time as you watch at UKARIA. Behind-the-scenes footage, post-concert Q&As, and a pre-recored interview with a prominent South Australian are all part of the experience. Due to COVID-19 venue restrictions and the presence of a film crew, just over thirty tickets to each event will be available.

Written for the opening of the UKARIA Cultural Centre in 2015, Matthew Hindson's String Quartet No. 3 Ngeringa captures the spirit of place while celebrating the passion and vision behind it.


Matthew Hindson (b. 1968)
String Quartet No. 3 Ngeringa

I. The landscape as viewed from Mount Barker
II. Encroaching 'civilisation' and development
III. The idea
IV. Construction and Realisation

Dale Barltrop | Violin
Francesca Hiew | Violin
Stephen King | Viola
Sharon Grigoryan | Cello

This event will run for approximately forty-five minutes without interval, including a pre-concert interview and a post-concert Q&A hosted by Johanna Allen.


The wellbeing of our audience and artists is our first priority. We've implemented a number of measures to make your experience at UKARIA as safe as possible.


South Australia's COVID-19 regulations currently stipulate that venues are unable to exceed a maximum of one person per two square metres. Once we've reached our maximum audience capacity, a wait list will be set up. Extra tickets may be released should restrictions ease before the event. The majority of tickets for all concerts in this series will be seated in the upper gallery (behind the glass balustrade). A limited number of patrons will be seated in the lower gallery. These seats will be reserved for patrons requiring disabled access. Floor plans will be available in the foyer, upper and lower galleries.

Seating Preferences

All seating will be allocated during the week prior to each concert. Ticket holders will be contacted at least one week prior with the opportunity to request their seating preferences (including disabled access, if required).

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be provided in the foyer and alfresco bar.

Entering the Auditorium

The doors of the auditorium will open fifteen minutes prior (2.45pm) to the start time of each event (3.00pm). Please see our front-of-house team in the foyer, who will check your ticket details and direct you to an usher who will help you find your allocated seats. As the seating has all been reserved prior to the concert, there will be no need to queue in the foyer to reserve your seat.

Tea and Coffee

In order to avoid congestion in the alfresco, a tea and coffee station will not be provided. Patrons can purchase barista coffee, tea, or a glass of wine to enjoy before the event from the alfresco bar. We encourage you to wander through the garden to help us maintain physical distancing. The bar will be open ninety minutes prior to each event (from 1.30pm).


The ASQ has engaged multi-award winning cinematographer Maxx Corkindale and sound engineer Jakub Gaudasinski (ABC Classic) to stream each event in a series of live/delayed 'webisodes'.

Viewers can subscribe to the ASQ Live + On Demand platform for just $40. Subscription includes access to the ASQ Live at UKARIA webseries, with the ability to re-watch past streams until the end of the year. Existing ASQ+ subscribers will get access to the platform free of charge.

String Quartet No. 3 Ngeringa is a homage to the vision, tenacity and enterprise of Australia’s behind-the-scenes cultural leaders – people like Ulrike Klein AO and UKARIA, who not only commissioned this piece, but in fact are responsible for the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills.

The work was completed early in 2015 and is comprised of four main sections. It opens with an aural depiction of the surrounding landscape from Mount Barker, overlooking the current site of the UKARIA Cultural Centre, including before European settlement. Mount Barker is a place of significance to the traditional custodians of the land. One can gain a sense of the ancient from its summit, either looking towards the Adelaide Hills or in the opposite direction across very flat and dry landscapes.

The second section is built around the idea of encroaching ‘civilisation’ and development. This includes new housing developments continually moving forward – which have both positive and negative implications: people need to live somewhere and many choose new suburbs placed within landscape that has stood there for eons. But this development also means that new facilities are needed: pieces of beauty in amongst urban sprawl.

The third section is based upon ‘The Idea’: in this case, burgeoning thoughts of creativity and the need for achievement, such as… a new concert hall.

The final section is inspired by notions of construction and realisation – the process of putting an idea into practice, and making it a reality – furthermore, making a difference to people’s lives in a constructive, positive way.

© Matthew Hindson 2015

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