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Tom inherited a vast library of light classical Palm Court music from his Grandfather, Bernard Bott, pictured left, which he in turn inherited from Tom’s Great Grandfather, Herbert Bott.

It was Herbert who started building the sheet music library and taught his son Bernard to play the violin. He eventually joined his father's Orchestra which had established itself throughout Leicester as ‘Herbert Bott & His Orchestra'. In time, Bernard took over the Orchestra and renamed it after himself.

Throughout the 1930’s 'Bernard Bott & His Orchestra' was the resident Orchestra at ‘Lewis’s Restaurant’ – a top class restaurant within a large department store. Bernard continuously developed the library even including his own compositions and arrangements to provide the comprehensive collection we have today.

Bernard later moved to Devon where he established his Orchestra with residencies at seafront Hotels and Pavilions in Exmouth and Torquay, along the English Riviera.
This style of music at these types of venues was incredibly popular throughout the 1930’s – 1960’s. Bernard also provided musical entertainment for troops during the Second World War.

It wasn’t long before he lead his Orchestra around the world on various first class P&O Ocean Liners. Whilst still running the Orchestra, Bernard finally became Musical Director and leader of the Exeter Municipal Orchestra and was able to compose and perform some of his own music.




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