Manvinder Rattan

For a busy 25 years, Manvinder Rattan was musical director at the John Lewis Partnership where he was responsible for the company’s 15 choirs, orchestra, jazz band and music tuition service.

Since 2021 he has been musical director of Hertford Choral Society and, in the same year, was appointed CEO of The Voices Foundation, an organisation which promotes more and better singing for children through training teachers to lead singing in the classroom, with a particular emphasis on children in deprived areas.

He is also Head of Conductor Training for Sing for Pleasure, the UK’s largest provider of training for choral conductors, as well as extensive work to enrich the singing lives of children and adults. Its annual Summer School has become a destination event for conductors and singers alike, from all over the world.

Manvinder was a judge on Gareth Malone’s BBC2 series, The Choir – Sing while you Work, and is much in demand as a judge for choir competitions, including, in the past, for the BBC Choir of the Year.  He is Musical Director of Serafine Chamber Choir and Sinfonia, professional ensembles with whom he has released the premiere recording of Oliver Tarney’s acclaimed Magnificat.

In 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by York St John University for his services to music and conducting.