August Manns (1825–1907)

German conductor. He moved to England in 1854, in the years 1855–1901 he was chief conductor of the Crystal Palace orchestra near London, and he conducted at music festivals in Sheffield and Cardiff. Manns played a fundamental role in ensuring Dvořák’s music found its way onto concert programmes in England. He was the first to perform a number of Dvořák’s works in the country: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, the three overtures In Nature’s Realm, Carnival and Othello, A Hero’s Song, My Home, and Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor.