Rakhi Singh is a violinist, music director and composer based between Manchester and London, England. In 2016 she co-founded Manchester Collective, who performed their second Proms in as many years in summer 2023, led by Rakhi. In her programming, she continues to endeavor to bring important music to the fore, from her 2023 Julius Eastman Proms performance, to the new wave of British composers in 23/24 with work by Ben Nobuto and Oliver Leith (alongside favorites from Lang and Reich).
Alongside her work leading the Collective, Singh has firmly established herself as a violinist and leader of high repute, touring with the likes of Phillip Glass, Abel Selacoe & Hiromi, and guest leading ensembles including London Contemporary Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hebrides Ensemble, and Sinfonia Cymru. Since 2021 she has toured as a solo artist, performing headline sets at the likes of Het Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), National Concert Hall (Dublin), Funkhaus (Berlin), and Kings Place (London).
Alongside her recent debut solo album ‘Purnima’ on Bang on a Can’s Cantaloupe Music imprint, she has also released a number of records on Bedroom Community, two albums as curator/director of Manchester Collective and her debut composition EP ‘Quarry’.
As a collaborator she has developed and performed collaborative work for the likes of London Southbank Centre (alongside Vessel & NYX Electronic Drone Choir for NMB 2022), Royal Opera House (alongside Blackhaine) and on a new collaborative record by acclaimed violinist & recorder player Laura Cannell (also featuring Gazelle Twin, Nik Colk Void and Lori Goldston). In 2023 she performed as a recording artist on the records of Fever Ray, Clark and Vessel amongst others.
Born to an English mother and Indian father in rural Wales, Rakhi’s upbringing was influenced by many different cultures and traditions.