And now we take you, once again, to the Palm Court of the Grand Hotel…”

Today on Radio Riel’s main stream, we take on anoth­er jour­ney back in time to the dance-halls of the ear­ly  20th Cen­tu­ry, char­ac­terised by the long-run­ning BBC radio series, Grand Hotel. We’ll also be hear­ing some clas­sic big-band record­ings — and much more.

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.

Today, we’ll fea­ture sev­er­al mod­ern-day Palm Court Orches­tras, includ­ing the Palm Court Orches­tra of the Stock­holm Phil­har­mon­ic. Much of the music you’ll hear today is instru­men­tal, but there are some vocal num­bers; and the record­ings are a mix­ture of authen­tic 1920s-40s dance-band record­ings from the Charleston era and lat­er, and mod­ern light clas­si­cal dance tunes and oth­er pieces.

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 in the UK) for the lat­est instal­ments in our ZBS Radio Hour adven­tures. This week, we con­clude the Jack Flan­ders adven­ture, Mys­tery of Jaguar Reef, and we con­tin­ue the Ruby 7 adven­ture, Dream Weaver, Dream Deceiv­er.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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