John Watson Quaich

On the 50th anniversary of the Ye Cronies Choir founding, one of its original members, John Watson, decided it was time to retire fully from performing on the stage as its lead tenor.

This marked a significant day for Ye Cronies as John had been an influential figure within the club since the early 1950s in various roles, most notably as Concert Director between 1962 and 2013.


To mark this occasion, the Cronies choir arranged for a silver salver to be engraved and presented to John at the season-closing Gala Night in March 2017.


On the same evening, it was also announced that the committee had arranged for a new “John Watson Quaich” to be presented to the winner of the annual Ye Cronies Opera Award. The first recipient of this new memento was Soprano Ms. Rose Stachniewska in 2018.