The Singing Waiters: Live
The Singing Waiters:Live offer you the perfect surprise entertainment for your event. Using classically trained singers and West End performers they perform an impressive range of music with a set-list designed to excite any audience.
The Singing Waiters: Live are not like any other act. There is no formal opera or dated backing tracks; instead they offer unique performances of popular music accompanied live on acoustic guitar. This light-hearted take on Singing Waiters combines music with laughter to great effect with a promise to deliver a surprise to inject energy into your event – just when it’s needed.
The Singing Waiters: Live
The Singing Waiters: Live are a group of professionally trained West End actor/singer/musicians who have been performing as Singing Waiters for almost a decade. The concept is based on a different kind of performance that is not formal opera or reliant on dated backing tracks. This creates a show that is much more than just a singing act – something that is as funny as it is impressive musically.
The performers blend in with the real staff at your event, wearing the same uniform and carrying out all the normal duties of a professional waiter: serving guests with witty charm and skill. They take on the role of totally convincing foreign waiters – in addition to being excellent singers our performers are also actors so expect impeccable accents and no-one will suspect a thing. As your guests arrive the Singing Waiters will be in their role as catering staff serving reception drinks and canapes. They work right at the front line of service building a wonderful rapport with guests to ensure that the later surprise has maximum impact.
Service will continue until it’s time for the music performance – usually unfolding over dessert and coffee. Your guests will be amazed and delighted when announcements are made and the ‘waiters’ suddenly break into song. A typical performance would last for approximately 30 minutes although this can be shorter or longer as appropriate. The way that they play music allows for a great deal of flexibility with the act. If your event has less than 100 guests then they can usually perform without amplification. For a larger event, they will bring along sound engineers to ensure that the performance can fill any room. If you are not having a formal dinner please do not worry as this act works perfectly with any format of event from a drinks reception to a party in your own home.
The Singing Waiters: Live are unique because all music is played live on a single acoustic guitar. The music played consists of a really fun set-list of popular music and the selection covers a broad range of musical styles and genres. Because the Singing Waiters; Live play their music live it does allow them to do a lot with their music. The songs that form the act are all carefully put together and each have their own unique style and narrative/reason for being performed as part of the show. You can expect certain songs to be targeted to key guests and if there is a specific song that you require then they are more than happy to put together an arrangement for you.
The act is suitable for any size of group and any venue. The Singing Waiters: Live use a minimum of three performers for their shows but they do also offer additional singers.
The Singing Waiters: Live use a minimum of three performers for their shows but can also offer additional singers. For events of more than 150 guests, there is a recommendation to use four performers. All music is played live which usually allows performances unamplified to an audience of 100 guests or less. For a larger audience or when necessary, Singing Waiters: Live can provide full sound production for our performance.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Angels – Robbie Williams
500 Miles – The Proclaimers
I Wanna Be Like You – The Jungle Book
Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler
It Must Be Love - Madness
Runaround Sue - Dion
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
Delilah – Tom Jones
Hero – Enrique Iglesias
Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway
Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre
Grow Old With You – Wedding Singer (Film)
Que Sera Sera – Doris Day
You Make Me Feel So Young – Frank Sinatra
The team was very professional with coordination prior to the event on the song list, and audience participation requirements. They were able to gauge the audience, and involved people to make it a more lively show. Their energy level was contagious, and they brought a great amount of excitement to our corporate event. We received many compliments from our guests indicating "that was the best entertainment!", and "we were so surprised, how fun!". Appreciate the team also "posing" effectively as waiters as many of our guests recognised them once they started to perform. The accents were hysterical, as was their surprise entrance. Their singing and dancing was top notch, and well enjoyed by our party! We would definitely book again for a future event!
Absolutely brilliant. Very professional, blended in well with the guests and surprised everyone.
The Singing Waiters were absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. Rob and the guys made the day for us, and our guests. Weeks on and all our guest still talk about it how great they were.
They were amazing. Blending in to serve drinks and help with the other waiters throughout the day. Then as pudding was served they took everyone by surprise as they entered and started their act. They had everyone up singing and dancing from start to finish. We can't recommend The Singing Waiters enough. 3 weeks on and everyone is still talking about how good they were.
Brilliant and so professional. All the guests really enjoyed it and were totally surprised. Many Thanks.
They were wonderful, great entertainment & very professional. Would have no hesitation in recommending them and/or booking them again :)
These guys were brilliant, they sang the songs that we requested and even managed to sing the unique version of 'Mambo Number 5' which included all the cats names which the bride had named her tables after. They definitely lifted the mood and became a talking point for the rest of the wedding and even now! Would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone, very professional and extremely talented!!
Absolutely fantastic, brought tears of laughter to the whole event so a very big thank you.
As always the singing waiters were amazing. Thanks!
They were brilliant! All of our guests found them absolutely hilarious! And it was a great surprise for the groom, it's just the sort of entertainment he loves so it was perfect for our day. They were really professional too and were very flexible and accommodating with our requests. Would recommend them time and time again!
They were absolutely superb - everyone loved them!
The Singing Waiters were absolutely incredible!! So professional and every single person at the party was raving about them. They completely made my party!! Anyone having a party should really think about using them! The biggest thanks to The Singing Waiters!
Rob, Rob and Craig were truly brilliant - such a fabulous thing to do!
Fantastic entertainment! What an act. Would recommended for any corporate event!
They were definitely the highlight of the evening. Even the opera buffs loved them.
The Singing Waiters were excellent! All of our guests enjoyed them and they were very surprised when they suddenly started to sing! We cannot fault them and certainly would recommend them.
The Singing Waiters were a great hit with all the partners here at John Lewis, they really made the lunches an enjoyable event. The guys were really professional and I am so pleased that they were able to come to our store. Please pass on our thanks to them from all the 459 partners that sat down for Christmas lunch and were served by The Singing Waiters. Hopefully we will see them back here in the future. Kind regards, Vicki Shepherd
We knew when we saw the clips you were the act for us and immediately booked you, the whole process was easy, reassuring and efficient. A year on and we were not disappointed, you were a highlight of our day. The waiters worked so hard all afternoon serving guests and the entertainment started right away, with the corny jokes and slightly inappropriate comments you were soon a big talking point for many guests. The number of times we were asked... where did you get those waiters, they are hilarious!... and that was before any singing. We were really impressed with your absolute professionalism and would have no hesitation in recommending you to others. To be honest we think you had earnt your money before the singing even started, but this really was the cherry on top. The act was just the right balance between comedy and good singing to make it fantastic entertainment for everyone. Even those people you sang to you did it in a way that did not make them feel so uncomfortable they didn't enjoy it, in fact they loved it. You injected energy into the day just at the right time and set us up for an amazing evening, everyone was left with a smile on their face and it is still funny to hear the stories of the conversations you had with people earlier in the day. We've had so many requests for your details and people are now desperate to plan parties just so they can use you! Thank you so much for being everything you promised and more, you exceeded our expectations and really made our day. The only criticism would be from my mum... who really did think she was heading off to Russia with Luca! Thanks again, Justine and Paul
Thank-You,Thank-You, Thank-You! Absolutely fabulous! Made the day. Everyone was buzzing after their performance and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them... every one thought they were amazing.
Thanks for a great evening - it was all anyone could talk about! The waiters were professional throughout the entire evening and gave a fantastic performance.
Two weeks on from our wedding and these amazing guys are still all anyone who came to it are talking about!! There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to emphasise how brilliant they were. Everyone was fooled by Boris, Viktor and Stanislav our 'Russian waiters' including a table full of police colleagues who are no strangers to sniffing out a fib or two!! I cannot thank the Singing Waiters enough for making an already amazing day just so much more special for us and for our guests who absolutely loved them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jo, Rob and Joe were fantastic! The whole process was easy and stress-free and the overall effect was slick and professional and went down a storm. Success was an understatement.
The waiters completely exceeded our expectations, they were hilarious and got the party atmosphere in full swing at our wedding. The organisation and contact beforehand was extremely professional and Warble were very helpful too. Well worth the money! A fantastic addition to any party!
The Singing Waiters were the highlight of our wedding day! they had all of our guests talking even before they started singing - due to their charm and great acting skills! When they started singing it really got our whole party going. Everybody absolutely loved them and are still talking about it now. I would not change a thing and I would book them again without hesitation. Thank you for bringing so much fun and enjoyment to our wedding day!
The Singing Waiters was absolutely BRILLIANT! I would highly recommend them for any corporate event - very professional and lived up to my expectations. The disguise as Russian Waiters was very convincing as well! The booking process via Warble Entertainment was easy and quick, also very helpful that I could speak directly to the artists to plan and organise our event on the day. If you are looking for entertainment, I would highly recommend both Warble Entertainment and Singing Waiters.
Awesome! That is all!
Our Singing Waiters: Live really couldn't have been better - perfectly witty, professional, charming and entertaining as waiters, musically talented and downright hilarious as singer-musicians. Our audience laughed 'til they cried, sung along (to my surprise) and called desperately for encores when the act had finished. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Singing Waiters: Live to anyone looking for a fresh, entertaining and - importantly - LIVE - act: they make the backing-tracked alternatives look dated. Thank you so much to Jennie at Warble for talking our options over with us, understanding that we were looking for something a bit different and recommending this superb act. Perfect.
'Dimitri and Sergei' were amazing. It was a tricky venue for them as it wasn't a sit down meal, but they served the welcome drinks and then re-appeared to assist with the desserts. All our guests were completely taken by surprise when they started singing. Song choices were great and they targetted the right people with their personalised treatment - our daughter was suitably embarrassed! Thanks for making our Silver Wedding party a night that our friends and family will be talking about for quite some time....
Fantastic, absolutely worth every penny. Went down a treat with all the guests. Great guys who got chatty with all the guests and then surprised them all. Would recommend them every time for weddings, functions etc. they would get any crowd talking! Thank you Warble and the Singing waiters for making my Special day so memorable!
Joe and Joe were amazing and so easy to work with. Everyone said what a fantastic time they had because of them and have been talking about them for days. It was a great act to have during the canapés and drinks reception whilst we were having our couple shots and they really got everyone laughing. I would certainly recommend them, they were faultless!
Hi Samantha, just wanted to say 'you told me not to worry' and I needn't have!! The Singing Waiters were absolutely fantastic on Saturday night. Everyone loved them and they were such good fun. It all made for a really good night. They arrived early, were very professional, friendly and totally helpful. They actually do serve the drinks as well as they sing! Everyone loved them and they gave so much fun to the party. I would highly recommend them. Thank you guys - you were great.
I would just like to say how fantastic Rob and Neil were. I have had nothing but praise for their professional performance and would certainly not hesitate to book them again and also to recommend them to others. Please thank them for their help as they were so much fun.
Absolutely brilliant from start to finish thank you so much. Very, very funny and a great act. Without exception everyone was totally taken in, absolutely loved it and couldn’t stop talking about it and probably won't for a long time to come.
Great performance would definitely recommend. Many thanks for all your help.
The Singing Waiters: Live have performed at over a thousand events across the UK and abroad. They have an impressive client list that includes celebrities, the Royal Family and a host of corporate organisations (see below).
Lloyds, Sony, Barclays, Mclaren, Santander, Vodafone, Diageo, BP, Nissan, John Lewis, Electronic Arts, Centrica, GlaxoSmithKline, Neptune Energy, PWC, Nespresso, Topshop, L’Oreal, Mars, Tesco, Carlsberg UK Ltd, Fitness First, Specsavers, HELP4HERO'S, Wickes, Royal Bank of Canada, Babcock, Hilton, Huawei, Roland, Virgin Media, Park Plaza Hotels, Slalom UK, Evening Standard, Volkswagen, Miles & Barr, Centrica, VMWare, Chestnut Homes, Dell
Who should I tell about the performance?
This is a surprise performance and we recommend that you tell as few people as possible – preferably no-one! If this is a surprise for specific guests; do ensure that the venue/caterer are also aware not to mention our performance.
When can I decide on which songs you will be singing?
We have quite a broad set-list of popular music with around 25 songs arranged/rehearsed with all singers (a typical 30 minute performance would be made up of 8 songs). Please let us know if you would like to see our set list; however the list does change and it is likely there will be new tracks as we approach your event. For this reason we usually wait to have discussions about song choices until just before the event date. The songs that form our act are all carefully put together and each have their own unique style and narrative/reason for being performed as part of the show – for this reason we always feel that selecting the right songs for an event works well as a two way process between us and the client. We do like to recommend a set-list for your event as a starting point – we have a very good idea of what will work at your event based on our experience and what we do with the music. It is important that you have the right music for your event but do carefully consider our recommendations when it comes to song choices.
We are also happy to put together an arrangement of a single track for you should you require something specific but because we work very hard on arrangements we require at least four weeks notice to do this. We recommend to clients that the songs that work best for bespoke arrangements are tracks that lend themselves well to being played on acoustic guitar and are not too reliant on backing track. The songs that always work best are ones that either have sentimental value or are songs that are very well known by your group as a whole (rather than a song that you think might go down well).
Do you sing some of your music directly to specific guests and should I choose who will be targeted?
A key element of our show involves a number of the songs being focussed on to specific guests as part of the narrative of the performance. We do not embarrass anyone or make anyone do anything specific – the guests selected will very much enjoy being made part of the songs. The right people to choose are always higher profile and well-known guests - these are the people who the rest of the audience would get most enjoyment out of them being targeted. We will let you know how many guests are required based on the set-list and we can discuss this in detail during our pre-event call just before the event.
How do I know which performers are attending?
We actually have a group of performers who have been singing with us for many years and we work together each week in different combinations. The act is completely standardised and so no matter which performers attend you will have exactly the same experience. All of our performers are working West End professionals and for that reason we are unable to confirm exact availability until closer to an event date. However if you have seen our act before or have watched a specific clip of a show and wish to request individual singers then if they are available we would be sure to book them. If you are booking us for your event and some of your guests have seen our act before – we can ensure to use different singers so that the surprise element remains intact.
Do I need to inform my venue/caterer about your performance?
You should contact your venue and/or caterer and let them know that we are performing and if they have any concerns we are more than happy to contact them immediately to discuss our act. It is important to ensure that your venue/caterer are happy for us to attend as we will be posing as members of their waiting staff for a large part of the event. Your venue/caterer can be assured that we are very professional and experienced waiters – we do not get involved with food service so have no need to enter their kitchens or service areas. As a general rule we assist with reception drinks and act as wine waiters only during the meal. Also to avoid confusion please point out that we are not attending to replace any of their existing staff.
We do have full public liability insurance and these certificates can be provided to your venue upon request.
Will you be in contact with my venue/caterer directly?
We will be in touch with your venue or caterer directly approximately a week before your event. We will run through our performance in detail and answer any questions they might have.
Will you wear the same uniform as the real waiters?
It is very helpful if we can match the uniform of the real waiting staff at your venue. During our contact with the venue we will confirm what attire the staff wear so that we can try to look the same. All of our staff will have with them black trousers, black or white shirts, black waistcoats, ties and aprons. If your venue has any branded uniform such as ties, aprons or waistcoats they are usually happy to lend us some for the duration of the event.
When do I need to confirm the exact timings and when do you arrive on site?
Do not worry too much if you have not given us the exact timings of your event or if they change as we approach our performance. We will be arriving on site approximately 90 minutes in advance of our start time and will remain at the venue throughout your event until after our music performance. If your timings change then please do let us know; however everything can be confirmed during our pre-event call the week before your event.
When do you start working as waiters and what is the best point for the singing performance to start?
Our act works best when we can be in our role as waiters from when guests arrive ensuring that we have the maximum amount of time to build rapport with those attending – this would usually be at the start of the reception drinks. We would then continue intermittently as waiters until the time for the singing performance. We recommend this takes place towards the end of any meal – preferably starting once the last course has been served (dessert). As the performance is a surprise for the guests - by beginning during dessert guests will be seated and we will have everyone exactly where we want them. We have found that performing between courses or after the meal has finished completely means that guests will naturally be out of the room or moving around which can make it more difficult for us to start the show. If you are scheduling any speeches at the end of your meal – then you will find that our act works brilliantly before them and will actually help them immensely! However some clients do prefer us to begin the performance following on from the speeches – this is completely fine but we would recommend the show starts immediately following on from the last speaker. If you are not having a formal sit down dinner – then we usually recommend allowing us some time as waiters before beginning to sing and we can discuss with you the best time for the show to start based on the schedule of your event.
Our act is of course very flexible and can work in a wide variety of ways – so if the above does not work at your event then please do feel free to get in touch and discuss your options.
Can the venue continue serving during your performance?
We will require the venue/caterer to stop service completely for the duration of our performance which includes clearing plates and serving of tea/coffee.
What are the requirements on the day of the event?
We require a changing space and hot food/soft drinks for all performers. It is important that the performers can have a room to store our instruments, use as a crew room throughout and also warm up/tune up later in the event. We need to maintain the secrecy of the act but also our performers need somewhere to base themselves during their time at the venue. A spare conference room or office is ideal and if possible it should be located away from the event.
Does your performance need to be amplified?
Unless other-wise arranged – our singing performance will be an unamplified show. Because we play our music live we are usually able to perform without microphones to an audience of approximately 100 guests or less – although amplification may be recommended for smaller groups if the event is taking place outside or in a very large marquee. We much prefer to work as an un-amplified act where acoustics allow it and the act is designed to work in this way. When necessary we can bring our own sound engineers with us or if you already have amplification / production on site we can provide our Technical Rider with details of what we require.
A typical singing performance would last for approximately 30 minutes although this can be shorter or longer as appropriate.
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.