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. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

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