Manvinder Rattan is Chief Executive Officer and Head of Conductor Training at Sing for Pleasure. He oversees all the charity’s activities, which include a wide range of courses, publications and singing events for adults and children, and he leads a team of tutors who teach around 200 conductors a year. The accredited conductor training programme which he steers 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.
An expert choral and orchestral conductor, Manvinder has been Musical Director of the John Lewis Partnership Music Society since 1995. Having inherited one choir, the society now has over 18. It also has an orchestra, rock band, and Music Tuition Service on two sites; they gave over 25 performances last year. In addition, he is Musical Director of Serafine Chamber Choir and Sinfonia, with whom he released the premiere recording of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat in 2015.
Freelance engagements also keep him busy, with numerous guest conducting, teaching, singing and adjudicating engagements in the UK and abroad. In 2012, Manvinder was a judge for ‘The Choir’ with Gareth Malone, focussing on singing in the workplace and he recently performed as soloist in ‘The Armed Man’ at the Albert Hall with Brian Kay.