Musician Michael Gagliano on his perfect Surrey weekend
PUBLISHED: 15:42 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:42 04 June 2013
Now starring in an award-winning musical tribute to The Beatles, Woking-born musician Michael Gagliano had always been a life-long fan before he landed this West End part
I was born and grew up in Woking but I have spent years touring the world and living in various parts of the UK, so I am very happy to be back in Surrey, living just down the road in Camberley.
Generally, I spend every weekend at The Savoy Theatre as there are eight performances of Let it Be per week, with four each weekend. So Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days of my week. But, if I did have an entire weekend to myself, I would tend to start my ideal weekend at home. I’ve woken up in so many hotel rooms over the years but nothing compares to waking up in my own bed. I live with my girlfriend Sally and we love nothing more than sitting down together to a cooked breakfast of poached eggs on toast (but she also does a mean Full English from time to time).
My eldest son plays football for his local under-15 team and they often have games on Saturday mornings. Rain or shine, I love to watch him play, although my show schedule prevents me from going as much as I would like. I was a keen football player at his age, so it’s lovely to see him follow in my footsteps. I like to make it a family outing together with my other son and daughter. I think it’s important for kids to be active and outdoors. Then it’s all off for a nice lunch somewhere – I let my kids choose where we eat as long as it’s not fast-food.
On Saturday afternoon, I would take a visit to the wonderful Guitar Village in Farnham; I like to look around their vintage guitar collection there. Vintage guitars are one of my passions in life and I’m always on the lookout for items to add to my personal collection.
I love Chinese food and my favourite restaurant in the area is Beijing in Horsell village, near Woking. So on a Saturday night, you might find me in there having a relaxing meal and some drinks with Sally and maybe the rest of my family, who all live locally.
My perfect Sunday morning would be a long lie-in, then a cup of coffee in bed, catching up with the news headlines on my iPad and watching some old footage of The Beatles.
I have Beatles memorabilia all over my house and I spend a lot of time listening to their music and watching their old live performances. Later in the day, I’d take my family for a long lazy Sunday lunch at The Boatman Pub in Guildford – sitting outside by the river, weather permitting, followed by a wander around the many shops in Guildford town centre. I do love to shop for clothes.
My perfect Sunday evening would be spent in my home studio. I’m always working on my music. I get inspiration from all over the place and when inspiration strikes, I have to get it recorded. I have a modern mixing desk but I also have an old Brennell tape recorder like those used by The Beatles. I love the sound and effects you can achieve using tape rather than digital media. There’s something nostalgic and satisfying about it and it’s the perfect way to wind down a weekend.
Let it Be runs at the Savoy Theatre, The Strand, London WC2R 0ET until October 2013