AUSTRALIA – 1:1 Concerts. 

Following 456 1:1 Concerts and raising close to $25,000 for out of work musicians, the Australian 1:1 Concerts Team is taking a break. Although our arts industry will need significant time to build up from the impact of the pandemic, the musical landscape in Australia has fortunately changed positively, with 1:1 volunteer musicians now beginning to return to paid concerts, venues receiving commercial bookings and previously out of work hosts becoming employed again.

A joint study between Griffith University and the Australian National University will explore the impact that these concerts have had and determine whether future Australian concerts should be a social project, a festival project or both.

THANK YOU for your support of 1:1 Concerts.

Flautist Sally Walker, Carrickalinga Beach, South Australia. Photo: Ettore Altomare

As a listener in a 1:1 CONCERT©, we offer you a very special experience. You can enjoy a live performance again without violating the Corona-related distance rules and legal requirements. The 1:1 CONCERT© is an intimate and unforgettable musical experience. It gives you the unique opportunity to experience a concert program chosen and performed exclusively for you; immersing you in the here and now.

Australian 1:1 concerts have taken place in  Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Maitland, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney.

Carillonist Thomas Laue – National Carillon (Canberra). Photo: Peter Hislop.


“From the moment the host met me till the end, it was profound. I’d read all the information but was still unprepared for what an intense and amazing experience it was.” Listener.

You request a concert date online and receive an email confirming the exact location where you go to (at least 5 minutes before the given time slot). A host* will welcome you there and explain all the important steps, so you can completely immerse yourself in your concert experience. After the host has escorted you to the venue, you will be seated opposite the musician on a chair at a safe distance (at least 2 metres). Whether you hear an opera singer, a cellist, a flautist, a jazz vocalist, a lutenist, a pianist, a violinist or an oudist will come as a surprise.  Your communication with the musician takes place wordlessly, in complete silence. The musician will make eye contact with you and hold it for about 1 minute. This results in a connection unknown to many participants, from which the music grows in harmoniously between the listener and musician. Try to get involved in this contact, which may be unusual at first, because it is from this eye contact that the musician chooses the piece or pieces that best suits this individual encounter.

Singer Rachael Thoms – Canberra Potters. Photo: Peter Hislop.

“An experience of a lifetime” Host, Valetudo Hair and Beauty.

The performed piece is not announced, allowing you to remain completely absorbed in the moment and the music. At the end of the concert, the musician(s) will escort you out and you will receive information from the host(s) about the instrument and artist(s) and the work performed.

Composer/Pianist Elena Kats-Chernin – Pitt St Uniting Church (Sydney).        Photo: Anna D’Ersu.

“if I had a million dollars, that is what I would give for what I just experienced as that is what it is worth.Listener

Soprano/Cellist Taryn Fiebig, Cross Art Projects (Sydney). Photo: Anna D’Ersu

“The experience was profound for all of us, enjoyed by the “one person” audience: patients and staff in the clinic on the day. As a team we would love to host further “Concerts for One” events.”  Nineways Chiropractic Clinic

Neither the artists nor the hosts receive a fee for this project. There is no ticket price, however, we do ask you to make a donation to Freelance Artist Relief Australia to support musicians whose existence is threatened need emergency relief from loss of income due to the Covid-related cancellation of all concerts and performances.  In this way, you can also ensure that you can enjoy your music in the time after the current concert restrictions.

Oudist Kim Cunio – Canberra Potters. Photo: Peter Hislop

“A spiritual experience like nothing else I have ever experienced.”  Listener

Baroque Violinist Simone Slattery – Christ Church Cathedral (Newcastle).    Photo: Jen Hankin.

It was magical under the trees looking into the bush on a crisp July evening. So good to have live music, especially 1 to 1.” Listener.

1:1 CONCERTS© in Australia are organised by Sally Walker.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions:

Flautist Sally Walker – Newcastle Bush. Photo: Greg Kerr


Participating Musicians in Australia:


  *Adelaide Festival  hosted 1:1: CONCERTS in an adapted version , with ticketed concerts



Participating Hosts in Australia:

Photographic assistance

Donations go to: Freelance Artist Relief Australia

Freeland Artist Relief Australia

Partner / Cooperations