Wayfarers’ History

The Wayfarers Barbershop Chorus was born in 1989 after a public performance from Liverpool Barbershop Chorus inspired a handful of keen singers, led by John Corcoran and John Moore, to attempt to recruit members from Southport and surrounding areas.

The Wayfarers Chorus in the early days

The name ‘Wayfarers Chorus’ was accorded to us by Arthur Pedlar, an amateur clown of some repute and part of the family who owned Southport’s famous Wayfarers Arcade.  He also became the chorus’ life patron.

The chorus has gone from strength to strength and now numbers around 35 performing members and many associate members.  Most of our members live in the Southport area, but we have a number from Crosby.

In 2011 we held a ‘Learn to Sing’ course, backed by the British Association of Barbershop Singers and as a result welcomed several new members into the chorus.  One of these new members actually has his own barber shop, though we haven’t sung there yet.

Each year we sponsor the ‘Wayfarers Trophy’ at the Southport Music Festival, awarded to the best barbershop chorus at the festival.

If you want to know more about Barbershop singing, click here.  If you fancy having a go in the privacy of your own home, before coming along to one of our practice sessions, listen to one of the barbershop ‘polecats’ by clicking here.