Music events in the Grand tradition with afternoon tea

The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne
The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne

The Grand hotel in Eastbourne is playing host to a series of musical performances by Shelley van Loen and the Palm Court Strings on the final Sunday of each month from now until November.

Visitors to the hotel for the musical concerts can enjoy two hours of authentic Palm Court arrangements dating as far back as 1900 whilst indulging in afternoon tea for £29.50 per person.

The Palm Court Strings are well practiced in performing at The Grand as they hold the longest residency at the hotel of any performers over the past 100 years – a real testament to their enduring popularity with the hotel’s visitors.

Established in 1982 by Shelley van Loen, after being inspired by her grandfather’s love of the 1920s/30s genre, the quartet count playing at Laurence Olivier’s 70th birthday and accompanying the BAFTA ceremony at The Royal Albert Hall as some of their shining moments.

However, Shelley notes that their residency at The Grand is one of their proudest achievements: “We are very proud of our residency at The Grand because traditionally it is an extremely important place in the history of Palm Court music with various bands and groups playing there since 1903. The Grand is the perfect setting for this style of music as The Great Hall has some of the best acoustics in the country.”

Setting the Palm Court Strings apart from other classical performers is their commitment to complete authenticity which even extends to their period costume worn for all performances. Shelley van Loen also has access to an unusually large collection of original arrangements and ensures that each performance at The Grand brings something new and exciting to audiences.

These events will take place on Sunday September 25, Sunday October 30 and Sunday November 27 at 2.45pm (concert at 3.30pm) with early booking recommended at