Hannah Lane Harpist

A “rising young star of early harps” (Classic Melbourne, 2014), Melbourne-based harpist Hannah Lane is one of the few Australian exponents of the baroque triple harp (arpa doppia) and the classical single-action harp (harpe organisée). Hannah studied modern harp with Alice Giles and historical performance practice with Geoffrey Lancaster. Drawn to the sensibility and rich emotional world of early repertoire, Hannah commenced specialisation in early harps in late 2013 under the mentorship of the leading European historical harpists Andrew Lawrence-King and  Maria Christina Cleary, thanks to the support of the Australia Council for the Arts. She particularly enjoys the opportunities for diverse collaboration that continuo playing presents and has performed with leading Australian early music ensembles including Latitude 37, Ludovico’s Band, Van Diemen's Band, Accademia Arcadia, Elysium Ensemble, e21, Unholy Rackett, the Consort of Melbourne, and Melbourne Baroque Orchestra. She has recorded on baroque harp both live and in the studio for ABC Classic FM and has appeared in concert at the Urbino Musica Antica Festival (Italy), the Adelaide Festival, the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, the Woodend Winter Arts Festival and the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival.  Hannah is an active researcher—viewing this as an integral part of historically informed performance practice—and has a broad array of interests in the areas of musicology, cultural history, literary criticism, and gender studies. She has presented at academic conferences and published on early harp performance practice. In 2016 Hannah was the recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grant to pursue professional development in Europe. In 2017 she was engaged to play the baroque harp solo in Handel's Saul with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the critically-acclaimed international production directed by Barrie Kosky at the Adelaide Festival. Upcoming engagements include Monteverdi's Vespers 1610 with the Orchestra of the Antipodes and L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Pinchgut Opera. 

Nicholas Pollock is a young Australian multi-instrumentalist specialising in early plucked strings. Starting out on electric guitar, he then progressed to the renaissance lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, baroque lute, archlute, and most recently, the cittern. Nicholas commenced his early instrument studies with Andrew Byrne (Sydney) and has performed in masterclasses with leading international  plucked-string specialists such as Hopkinson Smith, Nigel North, Eduardo Egüez and Xavier Diaz-Lattore. A dynamic and versatile performer, Nicholas is equally at home playing guitar in a punk band as performing the intimate lute works of John Dowland on the concert stage. He has a particular interest in the lute and theorbo music of seventeenth-century France.