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Sat 28th October 2023, 2.30pm

Barossa Regional Gallery


Adelaide’s Kegelstatt Ensemble presents a special concert weaving music through the theme of the Barossa Valley’s German heritage and language. 

The centrepiece of the afternoon is a new commissioned work by Australian composer Robert Davidson, for live instruments and audio track, built on the rhythm and melodic contours of the unique and endangered language branch of Barossa German. Hear this alongside works by Mozart, Brahms and Hindemith which map significant moments in the history of German settlement in the area, including the ensemble’s signature tune, the “Kegelstatt” trio, and an improvisation on the Hill & Son Grand Organ by guest artist, Josh Van Konkelenberg, inspired by Lutheran hymn tunes.

You will also hear words from the composer, the musicians, and a linguist versed in the history of Barossa German, and have the opportunity to mingle with them over light refreshments following the concert. 

Mozart: "Kegelstatt" Trio (clarinet, viola and piano)

Brahms: Trio (clarinet, cello and piano)

Hindemith: Sonata for solo cello 

Josh Van Konkelenberg: Improvisation (organ)

Robert Davidson: "Barossa Deutsch" (clarinet, viola and piano)



Three composers. Three Perspectives of This Time.


We commissioned three composers to draw on the thoughts and feelings arising from the global pandemic of 2020. In collaboration with composers, players and a sound engineer, we explored ways in which elements of spontaneity and deep connection might still be present in a very different form of “chamber music” - one in which recordings were made from isolation, and following the guidelines of physical distancing. The resulting trilogy is available online from Dec 14 2020 at


We are delighted to be working with composers Jakub JANKOWSKI, Luke ALTMANN and Peter De JAGER and audio engineer Sam LENCH.


LISTEN to a 'Behind the Scenes' interview with Jakub JANKOWSKI and Sam LENCH on Radio Adelaide 'Classical Sunday' 

Peter de Jager

Luke Altmann

photo courtesy Denis Smith

Jakub Jankowski

Kegelstatt is dedicated to facilitating approachable experiences of great works and lesser known gems of the chamber music repertoire, especially those rarely heard live due to their scoring for non-standard combinations of instruments.
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