The Australian String Quartet’s Close Quarters concerts have taken them to venues from a woolshed to a bikeshop. Violist Stephen King explains how these concerts are similar to the way music was presented hundreds of years ago.

Australian String Quartet, Close Quarters The Australian String Quartet at Adelaide’s Little Black Bike. Photo © Sam Jozeps

What are the pleasures of doing these Close Quarters gigs?

We love playing our Close Quarters gigs because of the intimacy with the audience. For many of them it is their first classical concert and the one hour informal format always opens up many conversations. Our programs are never dumbed down and with the huge stylistic diversity on offer it is often the contemporary works that get the greatest response. The unusual venues chosen remind us that we are all stepping out of our normal bounds and a unique sense of occasion is created.

Why did ASQ launch these concerts?

ASQ launched this style of concert over four years ago to take music to the people, to places where they already like to go. Also to break down some of the perceived barriers in classical music and make it affordable at...