Easy To Remember — The Great American Songwriters

Today we’re fea­tur­ing songs from the Great Amer­i­can Song­book — with music by writ­ers includ­ing Gersh­win, Arlen, Berlin, Kern, Carmichael, Porter and many more, and a mix­ture of mod­ern and peri­od record­ings.

Join us as we take a trip back to recall the Great Amer­i­can Song­writ­ers and their songs — inspired by William Zinsser’s mar­vel­lous book Easy To Remem­ber.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

Music from the Grand Hotel

And now we take you to the Palm Court of the Grand Hotel… as the announc­er used to say, intro­duc­ing the BBC series of fine light clas­si­cal and dance music pro­grammes from the Grand Hotel in East­bourne, on Britain’s South Coast.

Today on Radio Riel’s main stream, we take you back to the dance-halls, hotel lounges and ocean lin­ers of the ear­ly to mid­dle 20th Cen­tu­ry, char­ac­terised by the BBC radio series, Grand Hotel. We’ll also be hear­ing some clas­sic big-band record­ings and much more, includ­ing orig­i­nal record­ings of the peri­od along­side mod­ern re-cre­ations of the sound of the era by a range of often dif­fi­cult-to-find artists.

Broad­casts of light clas­si­cal music on the BBC start­ed in 1925 from The Grand Hotel in East­bourne and fea­tured, to quote the Radio Times of the era, ‘Music of the Palm Court Orches­tra’. The Lounge Hall of the Grand was used — the hotel did not actu­al­ly have a Palm Court. The pro­gram­me’s sig­na­ture tune was the “big tune” from Strauss’s Ros­es from the South.

The pic­ture shows the BBC’s Radio Dance Band, which broad­cast on the orig­i­nal BBC radio sta­tion 2LO in the 1920s, and played the Cos­mo Club in Soho’s War­dour Street.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

Main: Vicwardiana

Today on Radio Riel we present a col­lec­tion of music from the Vic­to­ri­an and Edwar­dian eras that we’re call­ing “Vicwar­diana”.

In fact the pro­gramme runs from around the mid-19th Cen­tu­ry to around the end of the First World War.

The show cov­ers a wide range of musi­cal styles and gen­res, from music-hall songs to par­lour bal­lads, from clas­si­cal pieces to waltzes and dance-hall music, and music from mechan­i­cal instru­ments of the peri­od (plus some rather more recent, but you’ll have to spot them). Record­ings are a mix­ture of mod­ern and peri­od per­for­mances.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

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