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Manvinder Rattan leaving SfP

Sing for Pleasure (SfP) announces that Manvinder Rattan is leaving his position as Head of Conductor Training. He is also stepping down as a tutor from January 2024, and from the SfP Management Team, to concentrate on his other musical and professional commitments.

‘Manvinder’s contribution to SfP over almost four decades as a member, tutor and as part of the senior management team has been remarkable,’ Miles Wallis-Clarke, Chair of Trustees, said. ‘We would like to thank him for all he has done in helping to develop the next generation of choral conducting and singing talent both in the UK and overseas.’

‘I’ve been an SfP tutor for 25 years, 17 as Head of Conductor Training,’ explained Manvinder. ‘In that time, our conducting courses have seen accreditation by the ABRSM, we’ve developed a highly esteemed Young Conducting Scholarship programme, and have become the lead provider of choral conductor training in the UK. Over the last six years, our approval rating from participants has reached an all-time high. I am immensely proud of all those achievements and the team that has helped make them happen. It’s time for a change and I wish SfP well as it continues to contribute to the UK’s choral life.’

Manvinder’s departure has led to other changes on the Management Team. Imelda Shirley becomes Head of Learning, incorporating Manvinder’s former conductor training responsibilities and replacing her current title of Head of Learning and Participation. Ula Weber moves from Head of Events to the newly created role of Head of Programme. This reflects the strategic importance of Ula’s work to SfP, which includes planning all of SfP’s 2024 landmark 60th anniversary activities. Katy Cooper, Don Gillthorpe and Jennifer Roughley remain as heads of Marketing, Publications and Finance respectively.

‘I want to personally thank Manvinder for all his support since my arrival in April 2023,’ Chief Executive Paul Cutts added. ‘He has been an energetic, passionate advocate for SfP for more than three decades and his unique style and expertise have contributed much to the charity’s professionalisation and growth. We wish him every success in his future endeavours and I’m confident that, with the outstanding management team we have in place, SfP will continue to go from strength to strength.’

Friday 5 January 2024