Captain James Cook: a culture of music and dance.
2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of the visit of James Cook to Australia. Celebrations are planned nationwide.
One aspect of Cook’s story which deserves to be acknowledged is the culture of music and dance which surrounded him and celebrated his life. Until now, this has not been explored.
Cook recognised the benefits of dance, experiencing it first hand as a young member of Admiral Boscawen’s Fleet, and using it to good effect as the leader of extensive voyages in the Pacific. Not only did he encourage his crew to dance, but music and dance were used in cultural exchanges as he visited new lands.
The voyages, people and places which Cook visited were captured in the popular culture of the day, and even his death was commemorated in dance.
Leading up to the anniversary, be sure to check these fascinating stories as they become available. We’re hoping to produce some recordings of the music – at the moment we’ve just included a basic recording of each tune.
Early life in Yorkshire
Lord Morton’s hints
Island of Love
– The Tahitian celebrity
Trip to Tahiti
The Death of Captain Cook
– Grand Equestrian Dramatic Spectacle
Captain Cook’s Country Dance