Singing Waiters For Hire Book Live Surprise Wedding Singers & Opera Singing Waiters
Find 11 of the best Singing Waiters for hire at Alive Network. Including classically trained opera singers & professional West End musical theatre performers, you'll find the perfect surprise entertainment to amuse and amaze your guests at your wedding drinks reception or corporate function. Also see our classical & opera singers page.
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What are singing waiters?
The ultimate in musical flash mob entertainment, singing waiters provide a covert operation that will surprise and delight your guests – setting them up and then bringing the house down with their brilliant cabaret performances.
Professional singers and actors with stage experience, singing waiters disguise themselves as serving staff, chefs and guests, then at a pre-arranged opportune moment, following the dessert at your wedding breakfast, for example, they begin their real performance. This usually involves the vocal delivery of operatic arias or musical numbers in styles such as swing, soul or rock and pop music.
A cappella or fully mic’d up and performing over quality backing tracks or with piano accompaniment, singing waiters combine a chameleon-like ability to blend into your event, with creative genius, comedy acting and stupendous singing.
What music will singing waiters perform?
Singing waiters will perform a variety of musical genres to entertain your guests for your special occasion, including popular songs from artists such as:
Singing waiters will also perform operatic arias, film tunes and numbers from the musicals, including:
The repertoires for most of our singing waiters are outlined on their profile pages, with many offering the option to personalise their set to your event needs.
Popular types of singing waiters
This type of entertainment will usually take place during your meal, in-between courses. Wearing the same uniform as your venue’s catering staff, and using their acting skills, a ‘scene’ is created that will lead to one of the ‘waiters’ singing. The other members in your chosen group will then reveal themselves to join in, performing anything from light opera, pop hits, to Rat Pack classics and numbers from musical theatre.
The same idea as singing waiters, Alive Network also offer other types of incognito characters to gate-crash your event in their own inimitable style! You can choose hot and hunky firemen to rescue a fake chef from a burning pudding disaster, turning the ‘catastrophe’ into a rip-roaring success. Or you could opt for planted ‘guests’, infiltrating the event from within as fake invitees who suddenly pull out microphones and start serenading your real guests in style.
Hot on the heels of the nation’s love for Strictly Come Dancing, our dancing waiters offer a unique take on undercover entertainers. Combining clever choreography, superb story-telling, and joined by a fantastic vocalist, this group will bring a taste of the West End and Broadway to your event, and your guests to their feet!
Where in the UK do Alive singing waiters perform?
Singing waiters perform nationally and internationally at a wide range of occasions, from weddings to parties and corporate functions – they have even helped royalty let their hair down! The areas they most regularly perform are:
Most popular counties:
- North Yorkshire
- East Sussex
- West Yorkshire
- West Sussex
- West Midlands
- Greater Manchester
Most popular cities:
- Newcastle upon Tyne
Are singing waiters suitable for my event?
If you really want to wow your guests at your event, giving them a day or night to remember, singing waiters are the perfect choice. They specialise in surprising your guests, and then impressing with fantastic operatic and cabaret-style performances. They can appear and perform at any time of the day, ideally at any event where a sit-down meal is central to the festivities, such as:
For weddings, a group of singing waiters could perform towards the end of a wedding breakfast, when your guests are kicking back and enjoying their coffee or champagne, and when they will welcome a refreshing and entertaining change of pace following a big meal. They could then perform right up to the cutting of the cake, serenading the happy couple.
An interactive, all-inclusive option, singing waiters really get your guests involved, whatever their age. There’s likely to be much hilarity as each new singing waiter reveals themselves, and then walks the floor, engaging the entire room, and often singling-out guests to serenade.
They’re also great fun for drinks receptions, exciting corporate events and awards dinners.
Space considerations at your event
Wandering among your guests, singing waiters can usually perform in the confines of your venue as it is. We would recommend you allow around 1 metre square for each performer.
Dancing waiters will require a lot more room to move than their singing counterparts, and this will depend on the dance line-up you opt for. We recommend a minimum space allowance of 2 metres square per dancer, roughly.
For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will singing waiters need?’, below.
How much do singing waiters cost?
The cost of singing waiters will depend on the number in the group and their level of experience. In 2017, the average price for a singing waiter ensemble with five members is around £1,550.
This table shows the cost ranges for different types of singing waiter artists:
|Type of Artist||Cost Range|
|Duo singing waiters||£690 – £960|
|Trio singing waiters||£1,200 – £4,740|
|4- to 5-piece ensemble of singing waiters||£1,260 – £1,815|
Who are the top 10 singing waiters in the UK right now?
Our singing waiters all provide fantastically memorable performances, but the cream of the crop includes:
For a list of Alive's most booked Singing Waiters right now, see our 'Top 10 Singing Waiters & Surprise Acts For Hire in 2017' article
How long will singing waiters play for?
Once the element of surprise is out of the bag, most singing waiters will perform one set of around 20–30 minutes, with some offering longer times and an additional set, in accordance with your needs. This is long enough to entertain and delight, without detracting too much from the order of events.
How much space will singing waiters need?
The performance space needed will depend on the format of the group you choose, how many members it has and whether they perform alongside a piano for example, or with sound equipment such as amps and speakers. As well as a surprise musical feast, singing waiters are also a physical, visual spectacle, frequently moving among your guests throughout their performance, so they will need plenty of room to walk around.
Dancing waiters will need lots of room to amaze your guests with their prancing prowess!
This table gives a rough guide to the space our singing waiter artists will need to perform in:
|Size of singing waiter group||Performance Space Required|
|Duo singing waiters:||3 × 2 metres|
|Trio singing waiters:||3 × 3 metres|
|4- to 5-piece singing waiters||4/5 × 3 metres|
|Dancing Waiters||2 × 2 metres per dancer|
Your Event Coordinator can provide specific measurements for your chosen artist, and can discuss the space needed for a group of dancing waiters for your event.
How long will it take for singing waiters to set up?
Singing waiters will arrive at your venue, set up and blend in, well in advance of their performance. There’s a fair bit involved in their pre-performance prep: some will be setting up their props, sound equipment and running sound-checks, covertly hiding their microphones and ear-pieces in pre-planned easy-to-grab places, ensuring there’s enough room to comfortably move around the venue and subtly rearranging furniture to fit with their performance.
As long as they can park close to the area they’ll be performing in, their set-up time can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
Following their musical spectacle, it can take around 20 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.
What equipment will singing waiters need?
Most singing waiters will bring much of the equipment needed for their performance at your event. However, they would also appreciate a few additional things, such as:
Our singing waiters will bring their own stage lighting, microphones, PA sound system and backline amplifiers. If you’re planning an event at a very large venue with over 200 guests, we recommend you discuss your requirements with your dedicated Event Coordinator, as you may need to hire an additional sound system.
For information on the following, see our Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I make a booking?
- What payment methods do you accept?
- What if the artist cancels?
- Can I see the artist live before booking?
- Will the band learn a first dance request?
- What are the benefits of booking through Alive Network?
For a more comprehensive singing waiter booking guide please read ‘Booking Singing Waiters – Everything you’ll ever need to know’.
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