Saturday 10 April 2021  |  11AM


* Due to popular demand, we've added an additional performance.

Voted Australia's favourite composer in the ABC Classic 100 survey by nearly 130,000 people, Beethoven remains classical music's most iconic revolutionary. Beneath the rigour of his string quartets lies a humanism embodying the ideals of fraternity, enlightenment and democracy. While this music is often an affirmation of resilience, his letters reveal an inner life tortured by circumstance. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the Tinalley String Quartet take us through some of the most enduring chamber music ever written, while Shakespearean actor John Bell weaves a narrative from eighteen of Beethoven's letters, culminating with the devastating Heiligenstadt Testament.

Adam Chalabi | Violin
Lerida Delbridge | Violin
Justin Williams | Viola
Patrick Murphy | Cello
John Bell | Narrator

Duration Approximately one hour without interval
Note Complimentary afternoon tea will be served after the performance


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.


UKARIA holds an SA Health approved COVID-Safe Plan enabling us to host events up to 75% of our maximum capacity, provided all patrons wear masks.

Checking In

Upon arrival, we require all patrons to register their details for contact tracing. Checking in is quick and easy:

  • Download or log in to the free mySA Gov app
  • Scan the QR code (located in the concert hall foyer and alfresco bar area) with your phone's camera
  • Enter your name and phone number
  • Follow the prompts
  • Done – you're checked in!

If you do not have a smartphone, or experience any issues checking in on your device, don't panic: we will have a sign-up sheet available in the foyer where you can manually write down your details. Please see our Front of House team in the foyer, who will be able to assist you.


All seats are general admission. If you require mobility-impaired access, please let us know by emailing [email protected] or phoning (08) 8227 1277.

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 to the start time of the event. 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 seats.


Complimentary afternoon tea will be served after the performance. The bar will be open ninety minutes prior to the event. We encourage you to wander through the garden to help us maintain physical distancing.

Photo: Christie Brewster

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