Choral and orchestral conductor, Manvinder Rattan has been Musical Director of the John Lewis Partnership Music Society since 1995 where he is responsible for its 15 choirs. It also has an orchestra and Music Tuition Service on two sites; the society gave over twenty-five performances last year.
Manvinder Rattan is also CEO & Head of Conductor Training for Sing for Pleasure, leading a team of tutors who teach around 300 conductors a year. The accredited programme is a graded scheme that has the capacity to take conductors from their very first downbeat all the way through to advanced work with a substantial choir and orchestra, using its renowned teaching syllabus and supportive, pro-active teaching style. For the last two years, 100% of respondents have rated its training as good to excellent.
In addition, he is Musical Director of Serafine Chamber Choir and Sinfonia, with whom he has released the premiere recording of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat.
Freelance engagements also keep him busy, with numerous guest conducting, teaching, singing and adjudicating engagements in the UK and abroad; he enjoyed his Indian conducting debut in 2016 and training conductors in India and Kenya in 2019. In 2012, Manvinder was a judge for BBC2’s ‘The Choir’ with Gareth Malone, focussing on singing in the workplace and has also performed as a soloist in Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man at the Albert Hall with Brian Kay. Manvinder was awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, York St John University, for his services to music and conducting in 2016.