Sunday, 6 May 2012

Palm Court Strings (music)

A regular musical event in Eastbourne is Afternoon Tea with the Palm Court Strings at the Grand Hotel, King Edwards Parade. Taking place on the last Sunday of every month (except June, July and December) the Strings entertain with a selection of 1920s and 1930s 'Salon' music from the collection of violinist Shelley van Loen, the founder of the group. Always beautifully dressed in original costumes of the period, these musicians are increasingly in demand for a variety of events including radio and television appearances and the BAFTA awards ceremony. 

The accompanying photograph of the Strings was taken during filming for the BBC programme 'Titanic and Me' that went out in April with Len Goodman as host. A cellist named John Wesley Woodward was a member of the orchestra at the Grand prior to joining the Titanic. He was one of the eight musicians who continued to play as the ship went down and there is a plaque to him in the Eastbourne Bandstand.

The Sunday Afternoon Teas are very popular with usually more than 100 people attending each one. Guests are asked to arrive by 3pm and the music begins around 3.30pm. Booking in advance is pretty much essential and you should call 01323 412345 to make a reservation.

£24.50 per person for full Afternoon Team and Music.
£32 per person for a Glass of Champagne, full Afternoon Tea and Music.
Sunday 30th September (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 28th October
Sunday 25th November

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