Adventures in Live Music

Not your average classical music concert, our award-winning Close Quarters gigs are a playground for the curious. With the goal of breaking down perceived barriers to classical music, these concerts last around 60 minutes, and comprise shorter works and movements of transcedent string quartet music. From collaborations with chefs to skate-boarders, we experiment with new partnerships and pop-up in intimate, unexpected spaces – all for around the price of a night at the movies.

Close Quarters gigs are announced here on the ASQ’s website, Facebook and in its Enews. Seating is strictly limited and events usually sell out. Sign up to our enews for the next ASQ Close Quarters announcements.

“We want to recreate what chamber music used to be – a group of people in a lounge room performing, listening to, discussing and enjoying music in a totally unselfconscious way. Somewhere along the line, large concert halls and the ‘concert etiquette’ that accompanied them removed the vital element of the audience in performance. As performers, we thrive off the energy we feel from the audience. It’s a two-way exchange.” says ASQ violinist Francesca Hiew.