Newsletter of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK


Richard Copeman


London, Crystal Palace, Great Exhibition, Festival of Britain


In 1951 there was a centennial celebration in London of the first Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851. People usually just think of the exhibition and buildings when looking back at this great show, which was such a morale booster after the dark years of WW2. But there was also the London Season of the Arts, and the centerpiece of this centennial was the opening of the Royal Festival Hall, which was to act as replacement for the Queens Hall (where Jussi made his recital debut in 1937) but which had been destroyed by bombs in 1941.

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