The Singing Waiters

Back in 1967/68, a member of the Poynton Male Voice Choir was also a member of the committee of the High Lane Conservative Club. When he and his colleagues decided to organise a Sunday evening concert, he asked five or six other members of the choir to join him in a singing group to take part in the show. We are not quite sure who thought up the name, but white shirts, black trousers, bow-ties, trays, pinnies and tea-towels were hastily assembled and the Singing Waiters were born. It was supposed to be a ‘one-off’ engagement but someone in the audience that Sunday evening asked if this new group would take part in a show which he was organising in Marple. The same thing happened in Marple and other requests started to roll in. The Waiters were now on the road! Here we are some fifty years later still giving many shows each year.

Adding these performances to main choir engagements and bearing in mind the other personal commitments of each one of the singers, it is sometimes difficult to get together a balanced group. So we have tried to overcome this problem by increasing our ‘squad’ to 16, so that even if some are unable to turn out we still have enough to put on a decent show. The fees that we charge all go into the main choir funds, and in this way, the Singing Waiters have contributed nearly £2,600 in the last four years. This amount has helped to cover past choir costs associated with purchase of new music and a new rehearsal piano. Requests keep coming in, and we usually have engagements booked up to six months ahead, and even up to a year ahead for Christmas shows.

If anyone would like the Singing Waiters to perform at a function, please contact Donald Sykes on 0161 4564266 or email