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 fifteen. Its orchestra, The Cavendish Ensemble was voted one of London’s top 5 amateur orchestras by Classical Music magazine, and Music Tuition Service on two sites; they 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 and last year, 99.2% of respondents rated their training as good to excellent. 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 and from this year, the LRSM in Choral Directing, using its renowned teaching syllabus and supportive, pro-active teaching style.
In addition, he is Musical Director of Serafine Chamber Choir and Sinfonia, with whom he has released the critically-acclaimed 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. In 2012, Manvinder was a judge for BBC2’s ‘The Choir’ with Gareth Malone, focussing on singing in the workplace and he recently performed as 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.