Sunday 13 June 2021  |  2:30PM


Julian Smiles (cello) and Dimity Hall (violin) have been central figures in Australia's chamber music landscape for the past three decades. Core members of the Australia Ensemble (since 1991) and the Goldner String Quartet (since 1995), they've performed together all around the world, made over thirty recordings on leading labels, and premiered many works by Australian and international composers.

Few pianists can rival Bernadette Harvey's authority, passion, and finesse when it comes to Australian music. Concertos and sonatas have been written for her nimble and mighty fingers, which have been described as 'blisteringly virtuosic' (The West Australian).

Composers such as Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, Ross Edwards, Nigel Westlake and Matthew Hindson have made immeasurable contributions to our sense of national identity. The existence of their work ensures that chamber music remains a living, thriving art form – something infinitely more than a museum of sounds from a bygone age. All of the music in this program was composed within the last twenty years, offering a beautiful snapshot of the contemporary Australian sound.

Julian Smiles | Cello / Curator
Dimity Hall | Violin
Bernadette Harvey | Piano


Carl Vine (b. 1954)
Strutt Sonata for Cello and Piano (2017)

Ross Edwards (b. 1943)
Haunted Spring
for Violin and Cello (2021) *

'Orison' from Vespers for Mother Earth (2020)

Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957)
Blue Silence
for Cello and Piano (2006)

Nigel Westlake (b. 1958)
Piano Trio (2003)


Matthew Hindson (b. 1968)
Piano Trio (2007)

III. Epic Diva

* The commissioning of Haunted Spring was jointly funded by Kim Williams AM, the NSW Government through Create NSW, and the Four Winds Festival.

Julian Smiles. Photo: Keith Saunders

Dimity Hall. Photo: Keith Saunders

Bernadette Harvey. Photo: Keith Saunders

Duration | Approximately seventy minutes 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 at full capacity (220 people), 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) 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 temporary bar (see below for more information).

Entering the Auditorium

The doors of the auditorium will open approximately thirty 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.


Architect Anton Johnson's design for the new alfresco space, visualised by perspective artist Michael Blazewicz

In response to the wonderful growth of our cultural program, our alfresco area will be reconfigured to provide a larger and more comfortable space for patrons to enjoy at all times of the year.

Our architect Anton Johnson has designed the space to maintain the existing atmosphere and connection with the landscape, and truly embrace the garden and surrounding views. The space will be fully enclosed, and will include glass sliding doors that can be opened on warm summer days and closed on cooler winter nights. A retractable glass partition will also give us the possibility to create a separate area for small dining groups, functions and pre-concert talks.

A polished concrete floor with in-slab heating will greatly enhance the experience for dinners and lunches. A beautiful hemlock acoustic ceiling (like the one currently used in the concert hall foyer) will reduce the ambient noise during periods of congestion and provide a seamless transition into the concert hall.

In order to facilitate construction for the upgrade, the alfresco area will be closed to the public from the beginning of April until the end of September. This will have a few implications for your UKARIA experience, and will affect this performance. We greatly appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

Temporary Bar:
Refreshments and Afternoon Tea

During construction of the new alfresco, refreshments and afternoon tea will be served in our temporary bar at the southern side of the venue, adjacent to the Ngeringa Vineyards. Please exit the concert hall and head towards the artists' greenroom. Our front-of-house team will be on hand to ensure you find your way.

Toilet Access

During April–September, access to the toilets will be through the concert hall foyer, adjacent to the main entrance of the auditorium, through what was formerly our staff office. There will be signage to ensure the entrance is clearly visible, and our front-of-house team will be on hand to assist you to find your way.

Disabled Parking

There are limited disabled parking bays along the driveway on the right of the property, however we encourage patrons who have difficulty walking up the garden paths to attend events with a friend who can drop them near the top before returning down to the main car park at the bottom of the garden. The parking bays near our alfresco (usually reserved for mobility-impaired access) will not be available from April–September.

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