Manvinder Rattan (conductor) is Musical Director for the John Lewis Partnership where he is responsible for more than 20 choirs, ranging from workplace choirs to the Partnership’s award-winning chamber choir, the Cavendish Singers.
A choral scholar at the University College of Ripon and St John where he read French and History, Manvinder studied choral directing with James Wild and Laszlo Heltay, and orchestral directing with Colin Metters, Neil Thompson and John Farrar. He has been Musical Director of the Partnership Music Society since 1995 and, under his leadership, the Music Society’s main choir Voices in Partnership has enlarged its scope, with workplace choirs throughout the country (in locations as diverse as Edinburgh and Southampton, Ipswich and Menai) coming together three times a year for concerts in London. Manvinder is also responsible for the formation of the Cavendish Singers, and The Cavendish Ensemble, the company’s orchestra, which was voted one of London’s top five amateur orchestras in 2010.
Manvinder is also Head of Conductor Training for Sing for Pleasure where he is responsible for the charity’s highly regarded conductor training programme which trains as many as 200 conductors each year. Manvinder was one of the judges for Gareth Malone’s BBC series The Choir and continues to be in great demand as an adjudicator for choral competitions; he is one of the judges for BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2014. He is a popular speaker and leader of singing workshops – for businesses and business leaders in particular.