Do you want to take live entertainment at your next event to the next level? Take the element of surprise and mix in professional singers, mix 'em together and hey-presto, you've got yourself a surprise singing act - ready to stun your guests and ensure they go away talking about your party to everyone they know!
Singing waiters are the ultimate surprise act. Book the UK’s best singing waiter or waitresses acts, and none of your guests will suspect that the quiet, inconspicuous person serving them dinner will turn out to be a professional opera singer or West End performer!
It's this element of surprise that has ensured singing waiter acts are as popular for weddings and private parties as for corporate events, as Shaun from Fire Fighters In Song explains:
Singing waiters and waitresses will make your event stand out from the rest. Clients are always looking for something that will make their own event remain in their guests' memories for a long time. To have leading West End singers burst into song disguised as staff is a phenomenal addition to any event.
Singing Waiters: How It Works
The secret of success for any singing waiter act is preparation. Professional singing waiter groups will liaise in advance with you and your venue staff to ensure every detail is planned in advance. So, their singers can work alongside genuine waiters, wear the same uniform, and generally blend in. All their equipment, such as PA systems and microphones, will just seem to be part of the normal room set-up.
Then, suddenly, something will happen, (your singing waiters can suggest a method of surprise, or you can help devise your own), a waiter gets hold of a microphone and starts singing… The rest is pure theatre, with loads of humour, and terrific fun for all, as Sera at the Superstar Waiters explains:
It’s such a high impact performance - our singers will explode into a performance like you've never seen before - they dance on the tables, they'll be grabbing people up to dance with them, and they genuinely LOVE what they do!
Singing Waiters: What They Sing!
The original singing waiters were opera singers who would perform classical arias, but today's performers will just as likely be music theatre singers performing show tunes, as Sara at The Fabulous Singing Waiters explains:
Our singers are some of the best in the country and we choose some of the best and most uplifting opera and musical theatre, bringing it to life right in the middle of the party.
Other groups take the music choices one step further. The Singing Waitresses present a music mix that literally gets people out of their seats with excitement:
We start with some show stopping numbers before moving on to dance floor classics to get everyone up on their feet. Our show can also be linked to your party theme (70s, 80s, James Bond etc) or as a 'tribute to' show (Abba, Grease, Dirty Dancing etc) if there is particular artist or act you like.
Who ARE These Singers?!
Our hand-picked selection of singing waiter style acts at Alive Network all feature professional singers who are already working in the music professional at a high level, as Sera from Superstar Waiters explains:
We were the first ever act to offer singing waiters with modern music, and our singers are all experienced pop singers. We have singers who have worked as session vocalists for people like Rudimental, Pro Green, Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Jessie J.
Any Venue, Any Audience
One of the great features of singing waiters acts is that they are so flexible, adapting to almost any venue or space. Singing waiter acts usually perform with microphone to professional backing tracks, but there are other options available: The Fabulous Singing Waiters can also perform with a live pianist or even sing a cappella (unaccompanied), using just their voices to create lovely harmonies that delight your audience. Singing waiter acts may not always require microphones, depending on the size and acoustics of your venue.
And Not Just Waiters…
Fire Fighters In Song are two top West End singers disguised as firemen in full genuine fire uniform carrying out a spot fire safety check on the venue. This act also has a female singer that can be disguised as a waitress or planted as one of the guests - the best of both worlds!
You can also book singing chefs, policemen, party planners, and even surprise dancers - call Alive Network to discover the full range of options.
How To Book Singing Waiters For Your Party Or Event
It's easy-peasy to book a singing waiter act from Alive Network; just click on the Singing Waiters link in the left hand column, choose an act, and enjoy their demo tracks and videos on their Profile page. Add your favourites to your enquiry basket, and you can immediately check their availability, get an online quote and add any extras you'd like, such as fewer singers, or live piano accompaniment.
If you want to discuss any of the acts or just chat about their suitability for your event, our team of experts are happy to help with free advice anytime during office hours - just call us on 0845 108 5500.