Music from the Grand Hotel

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 18 May, 2013

And now we take you to the Palm Court of the Grand Hotel… as the announcer used to say, introducing a programme of fine light classical and dance music 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.

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 programme includes a mixture of original period recordings and modern performances.

The ZBS Radio Hour is on hiatus.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme 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:


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