CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Musician Michael Gagliano on his perfect Surrey weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:42 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:42 04 June 2013

Musician Michael Gagliano plays John Lennon

Musician Michael Gagliano plays John Lennon


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.

Guitar heroes

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

More from Surrey Life

Surrey is full of secret hideaways and hidden gems. Slades Farm on the Wintershall Estate is definitely one of them

Read more
Yesterday, 16:05

The new hotel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be located in the heart of the vineyard, offering sweeping views over the North Downs Way.

Read more
Tue, 10:53

From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

Read more
Tue, 10:47

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tue, 10:41

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

Read more
Mon, 14:32

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

Read more
Mon, 12:56

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

Read more
Mon, 12:13

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (16, 17 and 18 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Friday, November 9, 2018

We round up 10 of the most beautiful photos of Surrey shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

With the Christmas celebrations seemingly starting earlier every year, it all feels a little too ‘soon’ sometimes, but what if you want to look your best for Christmas & New year celebrations and are considering having cosmetic non-surgical procedures? The Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments from a purpose-built private clinic in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Read more
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Living in England’s most densely wooded county, it’s always a pleasure to witness Surrey donning its autumn finery. Here’s some of the best places to do just that - plus a few pub pit stops to enjoy on route!

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search