Ensemble 642

Ensemble 642 is Hannah Lane (historical harps) and Nicholas Pollock (theorbo, lutes, baroque guitar). Two of the most exciting artists in the Antipodean early music scene, the ensemble explores the unique sound world of rare, early plucked string instruments, performing music from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, both as a duo and in collaboration with leading vocalists and instrumentalists.

Inspired by a mutual passion for the art of basso continuo and by their desire to pursue musical experimentation based on historical sources, Ensemble 642 creates innovative concert programs in collaboration with the finest early music specialists in Australia and beyond, bringing to life exquisite music that hasn’t been heard for hundreds of years with the aim of sharing the spirit and emotion of Baroque music with contemporary audiences. The ensemble’s name ‘642’ refers to the historical numbering system used by basso continuo players, which denotes the harmonies to be played above the bass line.