Music from the Grand Hotel

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main, Weekly Programme, Zeeber Gold

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 6 March, 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.

Zeeber Gold

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacific Time (19:00 or 03:00 GMT) for the latest in our series of classic interviews with the movers and shakers of the 60s and 70s in Zeeber Gold.

One of America’s true culture heroes…the man responsible for the creation of Spiderman, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and all the other fantastic Marvel comic characters… he talks about the American comic world and reveals several hitherto secret Stan Lee Literary Laws. He’s a fantastic marvel character himself. But, hearing this today, I wish more of the interview were about all those amazing characters he’s invented. Still, a fascinating guy. Recorded 1971.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. 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:


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