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Member Sir Augusta Manns an Artist and Knighted in 1903 a Master Mason 3rd February 1855

  Candidate’s Name Mr Augusta Manns an Artist

 DOB 1825 30 Years Old


 Proposed By Brother Soteris Georgiaers

 Seconded By Brother Tulius Sehinick

 First or Entered 3rd February 1855

 Second or Fellow 14th February 1855

 Third or Sublime Degree 22nd February 1855

 RWM of the Celtic Brother William Ireland

Sir August Manns, born Stolzenberg, 12 March 1825; played in the Danzig regimental band and theatre orchestra as a clarinettist at age 20; member of Gungl's orchestra in Berlin, 1848; served eight years in the Prussian army and arranged classical repertoire for military band and conducted concerts; appointed Assistant Conductor at Crystal Palace, London, 1854; appointed by the Secretary, George Grove, as Conductor at the Crystal Palace, 14 Oct 1855; between 1855-1901 Grove and Manns made the Saturday concerts at the Crystal Palace the principal source of classical music at popular prices; Manns transformed the existing wind band into a renowned orchestra, and was estimated to have conducted 12,000 orchestral concerts during his 42 years at the Crystal Palace; the programmes included Schubert and Schumann symphonies, works by Berlioz and Wagner, many previously seldom-performed works and first London performances; conductor of the Handel Festival, 1883-1900; naturalized as a British citizen, 1894; knighted, 1903; died, Norwood, London, 1 March 1907.

 Grove and Manns worked together to make the Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts a mainstay of London concert life for almost fifty years. In 1883 he took over the conductorship of the Handel Festivals from Sir Michael Costa and in 1903